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19 August 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- Experts: COVID Lockdowns Likely to Exacerbate Chinese Repression in Xinjiang, Tibet VOA 19 Aug 2022 -- Fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 in Xinjiang and Tibet this month have turned China's two western frontier regions into lockdown zones. According to Chinese media, authorities divided the COVID-affected areas of the autonomous regions into high-, medium- and low-risk zones.
- Chinese mainland reports 559 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 Aug 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 559 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 441 were in Hainan Province, the National Health Commission said Friday.
- Taiwan tests live missiles as Chinese warship nears the island Radio Free Asia 19 Aug 2022 -- A Taiwanese state-run weapons developer conducted a series of live-fire missile tests on Thursday and Friday as a Chinese warship sailed near the island's east coast, local media reported.
- Amid China Tensions, Taiwanese Seek First Aid, Military Training VOA 19 Aug 2022 -- On a weekday afternoon in August, dozens of Taipei residents sit on the floor in a church basement, learning to pack wounds and apply bandages as part of a first aid course that has become more urgent as China intensifies its threats against Taiwan.
- China's Expanding Submarine Fleet Makes Experts Worry About Taiwan's Readiness VOA 19 Aug 2022 -- Even to laypeople, the odds of a China-versus-Taiwan underwater faceoff seem unbalanced.
- Businesses Wary of China's Military Activity Surrounding Taiwan VOA 19 Aug 2022 -- As Chinese military exercises around Taiwan become the new normal, foreign companies are reassessing the risks and costs of doing business in Taiwan and maintaining supply chains that pass through or near the self-governing island that China considers its territory.
- China's necessary response to Lithuania's erroneous acts on Taiwan question 'legitimate, reasonable and lawful': FM Global Times 19 Aug 2022 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday that China's necessary response to Lithuania's erroneous acts over the Taiwan question is totally legitimate, reasonable and lawful, and it urged Lithuania to stop chipping away the political foundation of China-Lithuania relations, in response to Lithuania's latest move of summoning a Chinese diplomat in Vilnius to protest Beijing's sanctions against the Baltic country's Deputy Transport Minister AgnÄ— VaiciukeviÄ¨iÅ«tÄ—, whose unsanctioned visit to Taiwan island violated the one-China principle.
- China Announces New Military Drills Off South Coast on August 23 Sputnik 19 Aug 2022 -- China's maritime safety authority in Guangdong province said Friday that a fresh military exercise will be held on August 23 between Macao and Hong Kong, off the southern coast.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on August 19, 2022 PRC MofA 19 Aug 2022
- Indonesia's Jokowi: Russian, Chinese presidents will attend G20 summit in Bali Radio Free Asia 19 Aug 2022 -- Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping are both expected to attend the G20 summit in Bali in November, an adviser to Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Friday, after the Indonesian president who is hosting this year's annual gathering of group leaders confirmed the news.
- Putin, Xi Will Attend G20 Summit In November, Indonesia Says RFE/RL 19 Aug 2022 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping plan to attend the G20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali on November 15-16, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on August 19.
- China strongly opposes U.S. chips bill: commerce ministry People's Daily 19 Aug 2022 -- The Chips and Science Act passed by the U.S. Congress contains provisions that restrict relevant companies' normal economic, trade and investment activities in China, which is discriminatory and will distort the global semiconductor supply chain and disrupt international trade, China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.
- Japanese Foreign Minister Says Summit With China Possible VOA 19 Aug 2022 -- Japan's foreign minister told the Nikkei news service Friday that he was working with China to arrange a summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping next month.
- 29 anti-China disruptors in Hong Kong plead guilty to conspiracy to subvert state power People's Daily 19 Aug 2022 -- Twenty-nine defendants, including anti-China disruptors Benny Tai, Joshua Wong, and Alvin Yeung, on Thursday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to subvert state power in a national security law case heard at a Hong Kong court.
- Hong Kong Exodus May Threaten City's Global Financial Status VOA 19 Aug 2022 -- A record exodus of Hong Kongers over the past 12 months is raising concerns that the island's status as a global financial hub may be at risk.
- Shanghai court jails tycoon Xiao Jianhua for 13 years for financial crimes Radio Free Asia 19 Aug 2022 -- A court in Shanghai on Friday handed down a 13-year jail term to Xiao Jianhua, a Canadian national kidnapped from a Hong Kong hotel in 2017, after finding him guilty of billions' worth of financial offenses.
- Chinese mortgage boycotts over unfinished buildings spread to hundreds of locations Radio Free Asia 19 Aug 2022 -- The number of Chinese homebuyers boycotting their mortgage repayments in protest of unfinished buildings has spread to more than 300 locations across the country, according to a GitHub page documenting the action.
- Joint meeting mechanism involving 26 departments on optimizing China's birth policy established, after 17 departments issue guideline amid declining birth rate Global Times 19 Aug 2022 -- After 17 national departments jointly issued a guideline this week to boost population growth, China's State Council, in another major move, on Friday approved plans to establish a joint meeting mechanism that involves 26 departments, aiming to further strengthen coordination in optimizing birth policy amid a declining birth rate.
- China mounts full-fledged efforts to minimize impact of heat waves; economy to 'grow within reasonable range' despite dual pressure Global Times 19 Aug 2022 -- As a persistent heat wave continues to affect major hydropower production and electronics manufacturing bases in Southwest China, Chinese officials and power companies have mounted a full-fledged, nationally coordinated effort to ensure power supply as well as stabilize economic activities that are already under pressure from COVID-19 outbreaks.
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