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11 May 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- China deletes WHO chief's criticism of zero-COVID policy from social media platforms Radio Free Asia 11 May 2022 -- Ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) censors rushed to delete comments by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) criticizing its zero-COVID policy as unsustainable from social media platforms in China on Wednesday.
- China Says WHO Chief Tedros Needs 'Better Understanding of the Facts' After Criticizing 'Zero Covid' Sputnik 11 May 2022 -- Once accused by former US President Donald Trump of being dominated by China, the World Health Organization took a swing at Beijing's "Zero Covid" lockdown policy on Tuesday, provoking a furious response.
- Tedros' remarks on China's zero-COVID 'irresponsible' Global Times 11 May 2022 -- World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' remarks that China's zero-COVID strategy is "unsustainable" was seen by Chinese experts as "irresponsible" comment on the Chinese people's efforts in fighting the pandemic and failed to reflect his, or WHO's, sufficient evaluation of China's efforts in this area. They urged the official to further elaborate on his remarks to avoid an unnecessary negative influence on the effect, approach and global contribution of China's antivirus work.
- Shanghai records lowest daily tally since March 24, may need fight at community level 'till June 8' Global Times 11 May 2022 -- Shanghai's epidemic control has approached the light at the end of the tunnel as the mega-city has detected the lowest daily tally since March 24, and at least eight districts have basically cleared the coronavirus at the community level.
- Transmission risk curbed effectively in Shanghai, no new Omicron variants detected Global Times 11 May 2022 -- The transmission risk of the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai has been effectively curbed, and the gene sequencing results show the viruses that caused rapid spread since March 1 are Omicron's BA.2 and BA.2.2 mutations, with no new variants found, according to the Shanghai health authorities on Wednesday.
- City near Shanghai to give cash rewards for residents participating in nucleic acid testing Global Times 11 May 2022 -- Local authorities in Jiangyin, a city in East China's Jiangsu Province, announced they will give a cash reward of 100 yuan ($15) to residents who consistently take part in five rounds of nucleic acid tests, while those who fail to participate more than two tests will be quarantined at their own expense and punished in accordance with the law.
- Shanghai reports 228 confirmed, 1,259 asymptomatic local COVID-19 cases People's Daily 11 May 2022 -- China's Shanghai reported 228 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 1,259 local asymptomatic cases on Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday.
- 817 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 11 May 2022 -- A total of 817 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said in its Wednesday report.
- Chinese mainland reports 302 new local COVID-19 cases, 228 in Shanghai People's Daily 11 May 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 302 confirmed local COVID-19 cases, of which 228 were in Shanghai, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.
- Beijing reports 59 new local COVID-19 infections People's Daily 11 May 2022 -- Beijing reported 59 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections between 3 p.m. Monday and 3 p.m. Tuesday, said local authorities during a press conference held Tuesday.
- US warship sails through Taiwan Strait after China drills Radio Free Asia 11 May 2022 -- A U.S. warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the second such transit in two weeks and only two days after a large Chinese military live-fire exercise, signaling increased tension in the strait.
- Chinese Modern Attack Chopper Reportedly Flew Into Taiwan Air Zone for First Time Sputnik 11 May 2022 -- Crossing the median line is reportedly not a typical occurrence, with the latest such incident involving People's Liberation Army aircraft occurring on September 19, 2020, according to the War Zone. The event, which featured a mix of J-16, J-10, and J-11 fighters, took place during US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach's visit to Taiwan.
- Chinese threat to Taiwan 'critical' from now to 2030: U.S. official CNA 11 May 2022 -- The threat posed by China to Taiwan between now and 2030 is "critical," Avril Haines, the United States director of national intelligence, said Tuesday while testifying on worldwide threats at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
- China urges US to stop eroding one-China principle after State Department revisions Global Times 11 May 2022 -- Some people on the island of Taiwan are hyping the US' latest revisions to Taiwan-related statements in an attempt to conspire with external forces to seek "Taiwan independence," which cannot change the fact that Taiwan region is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory, officials from the Chinese mainland said.
- Chinese military slams US warship's transit through Taiwan Strait PLA Daily 11 May 2022 -- "The US has been frequently carrying out provocative acts to send wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces, deliberately stoking tensions across the Taiwan Strait. China is firmly opposed to this," said Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), in a written statement on May 10.
- China tracks, warns US warship as it transits Taiwan Strait amid tensions Press TV 11 May 2022 -- The Chinese military says it tracked and warned a US warship that had sailed through the strategic Taiwan Strait in a second such move in two weeks.
- U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait for 2nd time in two weeks CNA 11 May 2022 -- A United States warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday to show Washington's "commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the 7th Fleet under the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.
- PLA shadows US cruiser through Taiwan Straits, vows to counter provocations Global Times 11 May 2022 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command on Tuesday shadowed a US Navy cruiser when it made a provocative transit through the Taiwan Straits.
- Fact sheet updates do not reflect change in Taiwan policy: U.S. CNA 11 May 2022 -- A United States official on Tuesday said the recent updates of a fact sheet on Taiwan-U.S. relations did not indicate a change in the U.S.' Taiwan policy and simply reflected its "rock-solid" relationship with Taiwan.
- Superpowers promising not to seek hegemony primary responsible for space security, Chinese diplomat urges Global Times 11 May 2022 -- The primary responsible behavior in space should have superpowers to promise not to seek hegemony, nor dominate the outer space, a senior Chinese diplomat said, elaborating China's views on how to protect space security and avoid arms race in space.
- China, Solomon Islands economies complementary, cooperation benefits two peoples: Chinese Embassy Global Times 11 May 2022 -- Since China and the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties, cooperations on various fields have been deepening and brought true benefits to the two peoples, a spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands said in a statement on Wednesday commenting on Australian concerns over a China-Solomons "blue economy" memorandum of understanding (MOU).
- China Takes Aim At NATO RFE/RL 11 May 2022 -- China increasingly sees the war in Ukraine -- and the roles of the United States and its NATO allies in backing Kyiv against Moscow -- as a reflection of future tensions to come between the military bloc and Beijing in the Indo-Pacific.
- China Accuses AUKUS Countries of Inciting Arms Race in South Pacific Sputnik 11 May 2022 -- Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom (AUKUS), which condemned China and the Solomon Islands for a security cooperation deal, are the ones militarising the South Pacific and provoking a new arms race in the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday.
- Foreign reports on PLA Navy's new submarine 'speculative and biased' Global Times 11 May 2022 -- Foreign media reported on Tuesday that China recently launched what seems to be a new or upgraded class of nuclear-powered attack submarine, citing analyses based on satellite images.
- Over 100 aircraft drill sorties from carrier Liaoning in 6 days near Japan, Taiwan island 'demonstrate readiness' Global Times 11 May 2022 -- Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on Tuesday that the aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy hosted more than 100 aircraft sorties within six days when recently conducting drills near Japan and the island of Taiwan, a figure that analysts said demonstrated the carrier's high level of training, and showed that the carrier can do even better in real combat.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 11, 2022 PRC MofA 11 May 2022
- China urges G7 to cease interfering in its internal affairs People's Daily 11 May 2022 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday urged certain Western countries to immediately cease interfering in China's internal affairs after the Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers and a European Union official expressed grave concerns over the chief executive election in Hong Kong.
- Xi talks with Macron over phone People's Daily 11 May 2022 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on the phone on Tuesday afternoon.
- Kazakh President Emphasizes Importance Of China-Europe Transportation Route Bypassing Russia RFE/RL 11 May 2022 -- Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev said after a visit to Ankara for talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that a new transportation route connecting China with European markets bypassing Russia is important for the two nations.
- Hong Kong police arrest Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen over protester assistance fund Radio Free Asia 11 May 2022 -- National security police in Hong Kong have arrested four people including Cardinal Joseph Zen and pop star Denise Ho on suspicion of "collusion with foreign powers" after they acted as trustees for a legal defense fund for democracy protesters.
- Humanitarian Relief Trustees Arrested in Hong Kong US Dept. of State 11 May 2022
- HKSAR's election of sixth-term Chief Executive a new practice of "patriots administering Hong Kong" People's Daily 11 May 2022 -- The election of the sixth-term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was held on May 8. John Lee Ka-chiu won the election with an overwhelming vote.
- Authorities warn Uyghurs not to talk about 're-education' with UN team Radio Free Asia 11 May 2022 -- The Chinese government has issued a new directive that forbids Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region from discussing the network of internment camps or accepting calls from international phone numbers ahead of an expected visit by the United Nations human rights chief, a police office in the region told RFA.
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