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26 May 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- China's Strict Zero-COVID Policy Creates Supply Chain Chaos VOA 26 May 2022 -- China's zero-COVID policy, which has led to long lockdowns in major cities and suspended operations in factories, businesses and schools, is taking a bigger bite out of the country's overall economic growth.
- Students in Shanghai to resume on-site classes from June 6 after more than 2 months at home Global Times 26 May 2022 -- Students in the second and third years of high school in Shanghai will resume classes on campus from June 6, and students in the final year of junior high school will return to their classrooms from June 13, after having attended online classes for nearly three months.
- Chinese mainland reports 104 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 26 May 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 104 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 48 were in Shanghai and 36 in Beijing, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- Beijing sees decline in infections, epidemic situation 'controllable': authorities Global Times 26 May 2022 -- After a month of arduous efforts to contain Omicron, the Chinese capital has reported a total of 1,642 cases in this round of the outbreak, but Beijing is now seeing a decline in the number of daily infections at the community level, authorities said on Wednesday. With the overall epidemic situation now controllable, Beijing's college entrance exams will be held as scheduled.
- Vice premier stresses coordinating COVID-19 control with economic development People's Daily 26 May 2022 -- Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng has called for efforts to efficiently coordinate COVID-19 prevention and control with economic and social development, stabilize the broader economy, and propel high-quality growth.
- Hong Kong to distribute another 180,000 RAT kits following sewage COVID-19 detection People's Daily 26 May 2022 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Wednesday that it will distribute about 180,000 sets of COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to people in some areas of the city as part of a follow-up on recent detection of the COVID-19 virus in sewage samples.
- China's provocation against Taiwan 'deeply destabilizing': Blinken CNA 26 May 2022 -- United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China's increasingly provocative rhetoric and actions against Taiwan are "deeply destabilizing" during a key China policy speech on Thursday.
- US Does Not Support Taiwan Independence But Will Continue to Expand Ties With Taipei, Blinken Says Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- Joe Biden sparked a diplomatic flap with Beijing this week by saying the US would come to Taiwan's aid militarily if the island were invaded by China. US officials quickly corrected the president, saying US policy of 'strategic ambiguity' remains unaltered. China warned the US would face "unbearable" costs if it "continues down the wrong path."
- U.S. holds talks with Taiwan ahead of unveiling of China policy: MOFA CNA 26 May 2022 -- The United States has been in talks with Taiwan in recent weeks, as Washington prepared to unveil its strategy on China late Thursday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
- China firmly opposes US Congress members' visit to Taiwan: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 26 May 2022 -- "US Congress members' visit to Taiwan and their provocative remarks are just political shows to catch public eyeballs, which China firmly opposes," said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference in Beijing on Thursday.
- China slams Japan for close-range tracking of aircraft carrier, says it doesn't want 'dedicated photographers' Global Times 26 May 2022 -- China on Thursday slammed Japan for making dangerous close-range tracking and disruptions to an aircraft carrier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy during the latter's recent, legitimate drills in the West Pacific, with analysts saying that the Japanese move reflected the country's ulterior motive of offensive military expansion under the excuse of the "China threat" theory.
- China slams NATO chief's double-standard smearing, urges to stop spreading 'China threat' theory Global Times 26 May 2022 -- Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has been making groundless accusations and smearing attacks against China, making reckless comments on China's political system and domestic and foreign policies, and promoting a "China-threat" theory, which China firmly opposes and strongly condemns, declared the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
- Beijing Accuses NATO's Stoltenberg of Double Standards for Hyping Up 'China Threat' Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- Beijing is urging NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to stop using contrived security concerns and double standards in his remarks about China seeking to draw "ideological lines" in Asia, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Thursday.
- Wang Yi Expounds on Three Principles of China-Solomon Islands Security Cooperation PRC MofA 26 May 2022 -- On May 26, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister of Solomon Islands Jeremiah Manele jointly met the press in Honiara.
- Chinese FM starts trip to South Pacific; 'Solomon Islands shows respectable courage in developing ties with China' Global Times 26 May 2022 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has arrived in the Solomon Islands on Thursday to kick off his important tour of the South Pacific island nations. Chinese experts said that as the first stop of the visit, the Solomon Islands showed great courage in strengthening ties with China to truly serve its own national interest despite growing pressure from the US and Australia.
- Marcos: Philippines will assert maritime territorial rights under his leadership Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed Thursday that, after taking office, he would assert a 2016 arbitral ruling won by the Philippines against China over the South China Sea, a sensitive issue that his predecessor failed to address adequately.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 26, 2022 PRC MofA 26 May 2022
- Russia, China Pose Security Challenges to Europe, General Says DoD News 26 May 2022 -- NATO's importance in deterring aggression and misbehavior by Russia and China in Europe cannot be overstated, Army Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who are considering him to be commander of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander of Europe.
- The Administration's Approach to the People's Republic of China US Dept. of State 26 May 2022 -- Speech by Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
- US Lays Out Strategy to Outcompete China VOA 26 May 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration's strategy to outcompete China in the next decade by investing in critical infrastructure, bolstering supply chain security and working with allies.
- Blinken Outlines US Strategy to Outcompete China, While Not Seeking 'Decoupling' VOA 26 May 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a major China policy speech Thursday, outlined the Biden administration's strategy to out-compete China in the next decade by investing in critical infrastructure and working with allies to bolster supply-chain security, while preventing unintended crises.
- Top US diplomat lays out 'invest, align, compete' strategy to meet China challenge Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said the United States would employ a threefold strategy of investing at home, aligning efforts allies and partners, and competing with China to counter Beijing's drive to change the existing rules-based world order.
- U.S. Sees China Posing Greater Challenge To World Order Than Russia RFE/RL 26 May 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has laid out the Biden administration's China policy, which aims to lead the countries now jointly opposing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what Washington sees as a more serious threat posed by Beijing.
- US Not Looking For Conflict, Cold War With China, Determined to Avoid Both, Blinken Says Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- The United States is not looking for a conflict or cold war with China and is determined to avoid both amid growing tensions in relations between the countries, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will say on Thursday during a major policy speech at George Washington University.
- US, China urged to talk to each other amid fears for regional trade, security Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Singapore's prime minister warned Thursday that trade and security were being put at risk by U.S.-China tensions and urged better communication between Washington and Beijing to maintain stability and growth in Asia.
- US Warns China's New Pact With Pacific Nations Could 'Fuel International Tensions' Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- Beijing is seeking a "region-wide deal" with a dozen Pacific Island nations, which entails policing, security and data communication cooperation, as per Reuters. A draft communique and a "five-year action plan" has been sent by Beijing to the 10 Pacific nations ahead of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi's visit to Fiji next week.
- Zimbabwe President Praises China, Slams West in Column VOA 26 May 2022 -- If there's a new cold war brewing and both China and the United States are trying to get African countries on their side, it's clear where Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's allegiance lies.
- Chinese censors delete post hitting out at mass, high-tech pandemic surveillance Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Chinese censors have deleted a social media post from a university professor who hit out at the blanket surveillance deployed against Chinese citizens as part of the zero-COVID policy.
- Chinese Christians find it harder to get passports amid pandemic travel bans Radio Free Asia 26 May 2022 -- Authorities in eastern China are turning down passport applications from Chinese Christians wanting to emigrate or just study overseas, RFA has learned.
- Why China Wants Stronger High-Speed Rail Links Across Eurasia VOA 26 May 2022 -- China's push for high-speed railway upgrades across Eurasia will help the manufacturing powerhouse ship goods both ways, despite heavy pressure on supply chains, analysts said.
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