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23 May 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- Beijing's fight against Omicron still at a stalemate as city sees record number of new cases Global Times 23 May 2022 -- One month after the latest COVID-19 resurgence began on April 22, Beijing's fight against Omicron is still at a stalemate with daily cases seeing a new peak on Sunday, despite strict measures including at least a dozen rounds of mass nucleic acid testing in three major districts.
- Beijing moves over 1,800 residents to Winter Olympics host city Zhangjiakou for quarantine amid outbreak of COVID-19 Global Times 23 May 2022 -- Over 1,800 residents from a community in Beijing's Haidian district have been transferred to Zhangjiakou, in North China's Hebei Province, one of the host cities of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, for centralized quarantine as the Chinese capital fights an arduous battle against the latest Omicron outbreak that has lasted for a month with over 1,500 infections reported.
- Individual tourism abroad not encouraged, but people of special needs will certainly be given support, says China's immigration authority Global Times 23 May 2022 -- Due to COVID-19 concerns, China continues to discourage unnecessary individual tourism abroad but people of special needs such as work resumption will certainly be given support, China's National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Monday, debunking some media reports claiming China imposed a de facto international travel ban.
- Shanghai reports 55 confirmed, 503 asymptomatic local COVID-19 cases People's Daily 23 May 2022 -- China's Shanghai reported 55 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 503 local asymptomatic cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said Monday.
- Chinese mainland reports 174 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 23 May 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 174 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 83 were in Beijing, 55 in Shanghai and 32 in Tianjin, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- Beijing reports 94 new local COVID-19 infections People's Daily 23 May 2022 -- Beijing reported 94 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections between 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, said Liu Xiaofeng, deputy head of the Beijing municipal disease prevention and control center, at a press briefing Sunday.
- Hong Kong to distribute more RAT kits following sewage COVID-19 detection People's Daily 23 May 2022 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Sunday that it will distribute a new batch of about 170,000 sets of the COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) kits in some city areas as part of a follow-up on the recent detection of the COVID-19 virus in sewage samples.
- China prepares test kits against monkeypox, can develop 'vaccine within a year' if needed Global Times 23 May 2022 -- As three European countries have imposed compulsory quarantines for monkeypox patients while Canada and the US reportedly placed orders for millions of doses of vaccines that are used against both smallpox and monkeypox, the Chinese public raised concerns over whether China would face the risk of monkeypox and if the country has preparations to protect people from being infected.
- Biden Says US Would Defend Taiwan if China Invaded VOA 23 May 2022 -- President Joe Biden said the United States would be willing to intervene to defend Taiwan if China were to invade, the latest Biden comment casting doubt on the longstanding U.S. policy of "strategic ambiguity" on the matter.
- President Biden warns China over invasion threat, drawing parallel with Ukraine Radio Free Asia 23 May 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden warned on Monday that China is 'flirting with danger' with its ongoing threat to annex democratic Taiwan, saying the U.S. is "committed" to defending the island in the event of a Chinese invasion.
- Biden reiterates U.S. will defend Taiwan if attacked by China CNA 23 May 2022 -- The United States President Joe Biden on Monday said the U.S. would defend Taiwan if the latter was attacked by China, marking his latest remarks on Taiwan's defense that appear to deviate from Washington's longstanding policy of "strategic ambiguity" on the issue.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Issues Relating to Taiwan at the 75th Session of WHA PRC MofA 23 May 2022 -- The General Committee and the Plenary Session of the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) have respectively decided to reject the so-called proposal of "inviting Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer" submitted by certain countries. This demonstrates the shared international commitment to the one-China principle, an overriding trend that cannot be challenged.
- Biden vows to defend Taipei, China warns not to 'underestimate resolve' Press TV 23 May 2022 -- US President Joe Biden says he would be willing to use force to militarily defend Chinese Taipei if Beijing invades the self-ruled island.
- Biden's remarks on 'intervening militarily' in Taiwan question not gaffe but signals hollowing out one-China policy Global Times 23 May 2022 -- By stating the US would intervene militarily if the Chinese mainland takes the island of Taiwan by force, the Biden administration is taking a step further to hollow out the one-China policy, and Biden's remarks had led to China's strong opposition. Analysts warned that as the US and its spearheads, especially Japan, are using the Ukraine crisis to promote a cognitive battle to help with the de facto "independence" of the island of Taiwan, their schemes would encounter a stronger response from the Chinese mainland as the mainland makes no compromise on its core interests.
- US should remember its commitment to one-China principle: Chinese FM Global Times 23 May 2022 -- Claiming its one-China principle is different from China's, the US is only retreating from its own promises and the common ground it reached with China, with the intention of obstructing China's peaceful reunification and attempting to build Taiwan into an "unsinkable aircraft carrier," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday at a press briefing in response to remarks from US Department of State spokesperson Ned Price on the one-China principle.
- WHA rejects Taiwan's bid for 6th consecutive year as political tricks to challenge one-China principle are doomed to failure Global Times 23 May 2022 -- With no suspense, the World Health Assembly (WHA) - the decision-making body of the WHO - rejected the proposal of inviting the island of Taiwan to the WHA as an observer for the sixth consecutive year, as any ill-intentioned attempt to use the occasion to deceive the international community and play political tricks to challenge the one-China principle will end up in vain.
- Tibetan monks told to take blame for statue demolitions Radio Free Asia 23 May 2022 -- Authorities in western China's Sichuan province are forcing Tibetan monks to take the blame for the destruction of sacred statues torn down by China, ordering them to sign affidavits claiming responsibility, RFA has learned.
- PLA Navy's Liaoning carrier group returns from West Pacific after 'longest, most sortie-intensive' exercise Global Times 23 May 2022 -- The Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has reportedly returned to the East China Sea from its far sea training, and with over 300 aircraft sorties in some 20 days, the mission marked the longest and most sortie-intensive exercise by the Chinese carrier in the West Pacific, displaying the PLA's capabilities to deal with potential US or Japanese intervention in the Taiwan question amid wrong remarks made by the two countries.
- China's new-type armored recovery vehicle makes debut in plateau drills Global Times 23 May 2022 -- With a new type of armored recovery vehicle demonstrating its capabilities in a recent exercise in the Karakoram Mountains, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command has received a powerful supportive tool that will greatly enhance its armored combat capability in plateau, experts said on Monday.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 23, 2022 PRC MofA 23 May 2022
- UN rights chief lowers expectations for heavily scrutinized visit to Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 23 May 2022 -- The United Nations' human rights chief flew into China Monday to the dismay and anger of human rights groups and Uyghur activists as she told diplomats her trip to Xinjiang this week wouldn't be an "investigation" in what was seen as effort to lower expectations.
- A Xinjiang Potemkin? UN Human Rights Chief's China Visit To Uyghur Camps Draws Criticism RFE/RL 23 May 2022 -- Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has begun a six-day trip to China amid warnings from rights groups and some Western governments that her visit could whitewash Beijing's human rights abuses in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.
- UN Rights Chief Arrives in China VOA 23 May 2022 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet arrived in China Monday, in a visit expected to be dominated by allegations of human rights abuses in the country's northwestern Xinjiang region.
- Cameroonian Villagers Protest China Iron Ore Mining Deal VOA 23 May 2022 -- Cameroonian authorities say Monday several hundred civilians took to the streets of Lolabe, a small coastal village on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. The civilians said they were protesting the recent deal signed by the government for iron ore to be exported from their village and Lobe, the district where Lolabe is located.
- Beijing, Shanghai cut floors on mortgages for homebuyers in broader pro-growth move Global Times 23 May 2022 -- Beijing and Shanghai, two mega cities in the world's second largest economy, have reportedly moved to cut their mortgage rates by 15 basis points (bps) on Monday amid a nationwide policy fine-tune in the real-estate market as part of a broader pro-growth push.
- Beijing, Shanghai join forces to cut mortgage rates for home buyers; targeted relaxation reflects reiteration for speculation curb Global Times 23 May 2022 -- Beijing and Shanghai, two mega cities in the world's second largest economy, have reportedly moved to cut their mortgage rates by 15 basis points (bps) on Monday amid a nationwide policy fine-tune in the real-estate market as part of a broader pro-growth push.
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