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01 September 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- China Locks Down 21 Million People in Chengdu After COVID Outbreak VOA 01 Sep 2022 -- Officials in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu have announced a lockdown of its 21.2 million residents and four days of citywide testing following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
- Authorities put 21 million people under lockdown in southwestern city of Chengdu Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2022 -- Authorities in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu have placed the city of 21 million residents into lockdown, confining people to their homes and announcing four days of mass, compulsory COVID-19 testing.
- Schools kickstart new semester with effective COVID control People's Daily 01 Sep 2022 -- School bells rang again across China, as tens of millions of primary and middle school students started the fall semester on Thursday in compliance with COVID-19 control requirements.
- Chengdu asks 21m residents to stay home after city records 766 cases Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- Some 21.2 million residents of Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, have been asked not to leave their homes unless necessary from 6 pm on Thursday, which puts the city under near-static management, to cope with a surging number of COVID-19 cases as the city has recorded 766 COVID-19 infections as of press time during the latest spike.
- Students welcome first class of new semester under cloud of COVID resurgences Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- Chinese students welcomed their first class of the new semester on Thursday with careful epidemic prevention measures in place amid extensive COVID-19 resurgences in multiple places, as the Chinese mainland on Wednesday registered 307 domestically transmitted cases across 17 provincial-level regions and 1,595 silent carriers in 21 provincial-level regions.
- 21.2 million residents in SW China's Chengdu asked not to leave home unless necessary amid COVID-19 flare-ups Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- 21.2 million residents in Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, have been asked not to leave their homes from 6 pm on Thursday unless necessary to cope with the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city, local health authorities said, adding that all residents will also undergo a four-day nucleic acid test from Thursday to Sunday.
- Shenzhen tightens COVID-19 controls amid resurgence Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- Chinese tech hub Shenzhen, a city bordering the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with 17 million residents announced on Wednesday that residents who need to leave the city should present negative nucleic acid test proof twice within 48 hours starting from Thursday as the city has seen a COVID-19 resurgence since August 28 with a new Omicron mutation detected.
- Chinese mainland reports 307 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 01 Sep 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 307 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 132 were in Sichuan Province, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- Taiwan downs 'Chinese drone' over outlying islet Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2022 -- The Taiwanese military shot down an "unidentified drone" on Thursday that was spotted flying over Lion islet in Kinmen, the first time after days of drone incursions from China.
- Taiwan troops on Kinmen shoot down Chinese drone for first time CNA 01 Sep 2022 -- Troops on Kinmen's Shi Island (ç
å¶¼) shot down a Chinese civilian-operated drone Thursday, the first such shootdown since Taiwan ordered a more robust response to unauthorized incursions.
- Taiwan Shoots Down Unidentified Drone by China Coastline VOA 01 Sep 2022 -- Taiwan's military on Thursday shot down an unidentified civilian drone off China's coastline, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense.
- 53 Chinese planes detected around Taiwan, with 14 having crossed median line CNA 01 Sep 2022 -- A total of 53 Chinese military aircraft and eight naval ships were detected in areas around Taiwan on Thursday, with 14 of the planes having crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- Taiwan authorities' hyping of tense atmosphere is meaningless, FM says after reports alleging civilian drones were shot down Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that the Taiwan authorities are just trying to hype up a tense atmosphere after media reported that Taiwan armed forces had allegedly shot down a civilian drone from the mainland that visited the Kinmen islands around Thursday noon.
- China Says Highly Appreciates Russia's Position on US Provocations in Taiwan Strait Sputnik 01 Sep 2022 -- China highly appreciates Russia's position regarding US provocations in the Taiwan Strait and its commitment to the One China principle, which is shared by over 170 countries around the world, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday.
- China and India among countries taking part in Russia's Vostok-2022 Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2022 -- A major multinational military exercise, Vostok-2022, got underway in Russia's Far East amid a raging war in Ukraine and protests from Japan.
- Russia launches joint drills with China, partners, in Far East Press TV 01 Sep 2022 -- Russia has launched large-scale military drills with its allies, including China, Syria and India, in the Far East's waters, putting on display its military capabilities in the face of Western sanctions.
- Russia Begins Sweeping Military Drills With China, India, Others RFE/RL 01 Sep 2022 -- Russia has begun large military drills in the country's east that involves forces from China -- a show of increasingly close defense ties between Moscow and Beijing amid tensions with the West over the war in Ukraine.
- China sends Army, Navy and Air force with over 2,000 troops to Russian Vostok-2022 drills Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- China sent Army, Navy and Air force units under the Chinese People's Liberation Army PLA Northern Theater Command, with more than 2,000 troops, to participate in the military drills Vostok 2022 (East 2022) exercise that kicked off on Wednesday morning at Sergeyevsky training ground in Russia.
- China dispatches advanced main combat equipment to Russian Vostok-2022 drills Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- China has sent some of its most powerful main combat equipment units of its army, navy and air force to the Russian Vostok-2022 exercises, whose maneuvering phase officially started on Thursday after an opening ceremony a day earlier. The participation of the equipment displayed the depth of China-Russia military cooperation, as the drills will deter uncertainties and contribute to peace and stability in the region, analysts said.
- China sends over 2,000 troops to Vostok-2022 exercises PLA Daily 01 Sep 2022 -- Vostok 2022 strategic command post exercise kicked off at the Sergeevskyi training ground in Ussurisk, a city in Russian Far East on August 31. China, Algeria, India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries have sent troops to participate in the exercise.
- CCG vessels complete fisheries enforcement patrol in North Pacific Ocean for 2022 PLA Daily 01 Sep 2022 -- On the afternoon of August 31, two coast guard ships, the Changshan and the Shicheng dispatched by the China Coast Guard (CCG), successfully completed the fisheries enforcement patrol mission for 2022 on the high seas of the North Pacific Ocean and returned to home port.
- Germany to send warships to Indo-Pacific as tensions with China escalate Press TV 01 Sep 2022 -- Germany says it is planning to send more warships to the Indo-Pacific, joining other Western nations in expanding its military presence in the region, as tensions continue to escalate following China's recent drills around Chinese Taipei.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on September 1, 2022 PRC MofA 01 Sep 2022
- Biden to Name Arctic Ambassador as China Eyes Region VOA 01 Sep 2022 -- The Biden administration plans to name an ambassador at large for the Arctic amid growing awareness of the potential strategic importance of the region, for which China is the latest major power to stake a claim.
- US' chip sales ban further disrupts supply chain; insiders optimistic about China breaking US' stranglehold Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- The US prohibits two firms from selling sophisticated chips to China in the latest move of intensifying containment of China's high-tech sector including artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputing. The US may further escalate crackdown on China's key chip links by restricting US firms' business and sales of more key chipmaking equipment and materials, but industry insiders are optimistic about the prospect of China breaking US' stranglehold given achievements already made in aspects like chipmaking tools.
- After Years Of Chinese Pressure, Uyghur Activists Welcome UN Report On Xinjiang Abuses RFE/RL 01 Sep 2022 -- Outgoing UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says China has committed "serious human rights violations" against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslim minorities in mass detention camps across its western Xinjiang Province that may be crimes against humanity.
- Outgoing UN Rights Chief Blasts 'Serious' Chinese Abuses In Xinjiang As Possible 'Crimes Against Humanity' RFE/RL 01 Sep 2022 -- Departing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has excoriated Beijing for "serious human rights violations" and possible "crimes against humanity" in a western region where China's leadership is accused of mass roundups and other mistreatment of Uyghurs and other minorities, despite Beijing's strong-arm tactics to block the assessment.
- US Calls on China to Cease 'Atrocities' Against Uyghurs VOA 01 Sep 2022 -- The Biden administration Thursday called on China to immediately cease "atrocities" against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities, following a long-delayed report by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet concluding that the treatment of minorities in China's Xinjiang province may constitute crimes against humanity.
- UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Report on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang US Dept. of State 01 Sep 2022 -- "The August 31st report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights outlines in alarming details the human rights violations and abuses occurring in Xinjiang. It concludes that "the extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of the Uyghur and predominantly Muslim groups... may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity," and that "serious human rights violations have been committed" in Xinjiang."
- Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on the report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the situation in the Chinese region of Xinjiang Germany Federal Foreign Office 01 Sep 2022 -- "The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published its report on the situation in the Chinese region of Xinjiang yesterday evening. "
- UN Human Rights Chief's report on Xinjiang, China: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCDO 01 Sep 2022 -- Liz Truss gave a statement after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report provided new evidence of China's human rights violations in Xinjiang.
- Human rights concerns in Xinjiang Australia MFA 01 Sep 2022 -- The Australian Government is deeply concerned about the findings of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' report on Xinjiang.
- Statement by Minister Joly on UN report on human rights situation in Xinjiang Canada 01 Sep 2022 -- "The Honourable MÃ©lanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the release of a report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang), China:"
- China: Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the assessment of human rights concerns in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights European External Action Service (EEAS) 01 Sep 2022 -- The EU welcomes the release of the assessment report of human rights concerns in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
- China denounces OHCHR report on Xinjiang -'a patchwork of disinformation, political tool for US, some Western forces' Global Times 01 Sep 2022 -- China on Thursday denounced a so-called UN human rights report on China's Xinjiang region as completely invalid and a political tool serving the US and some Western forces to contain China, and said that it proved the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has descended into the accomplice of the US and some Western forces against developing countries.
- Beijing Slams UN Xinjiang-Related Assessment that 'Smeared & Slandered China' as 'US-Planned Farce' Sputnik 01 Sep 2022 -- The UN report on alleged human rights abuses in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, released late on August 31 after months of delays, concluded that China's actions "may" constitute international crimes against humanity.
- Riot police attacks on Prince Edward MTR passengers remain shrouded in secrecy Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2022 -- Three years after Hong Kong riot police attacked train passengers at Prince Edward MTR, at the height of the 2019 protest movement, journalists and activists are having difficulty piecing together a coherent answer to remaining questions, as much of the evidence remains in the hands of the authorities.
- Central gov't fully supports HK's participation in B&R development: vice premier People's Daily 01 Sep 2022 -- The central government will fully support Hong Kong in participating in and contributing to the development of the Belt and Road (B&R), Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng said on Wednesday.
- Hong Kong to get more support in contribution to building of Belt and Road People's Daily 01 Sep 2022 -- Hong Kong, as a participant, contributor, and beneficiary of the Belt and Road Initiative, will get more support in leveraging its unique advantages to participate in and contribute to the building of the initiative, according to the speakers at the seventh Belt and Road Summit that opened here Wednesday.
- Why China's Leaders Think Gorbachev Took Wrong Path VOA 01 Sep 2022 -- The death of the Soviet Union's last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, whose reforms led to the disintegration of the former communist giant in 1991, is seen by many in China as a reminder to avoid the same fate as its neighbor.
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