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28 November 2022 - China Special Weapons News

  • As Zero-COVID Protests in China Continue, a Battle Erupts Online VOA 28 Nov 2022 -- As protests continue in cities across China over the government's harsh "zero-COVID" policy, a separate battle is taking place on social media sites within China and around the world, a fight that is testing the strength of China's online censorship apparatus, known as the Great Firewall.
  • China Eases Some Anti-COVID Restrictions as Protests Mount VOA 28 Nov 2022 -- China eased some of its pandemic rules on Monday but affirmed its "zero COVID" strategy even as protests erupted throughout the country against the restrictions, and some demanded the resignation of President Xi Jinping.
  • What Is China's 'Zero-COVID' Policy? VOA 28 Nov 2022 -- Protests have erupted across China over the country's strict pandemic restrictions. The demonstrations indicate that many Chinese have grown weary of the lengthy lockdowns and widespread testing that is a part of China's "zero-COVID" policy. Here is a closer look at the policy.
  • Hong Kong Tourism Struggling as COVID Measures Remain in Place VOA 28 Nov 2022 -- Ongoing pandemic restrictions have failed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, say experts, as the city struggles to regain its footing in the tourist industry.
  • Several Chinese cities further refine measures of mass COVID testing Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- Several Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Zhengzhou have further optimized their anti-COVID-19 measures with some places allowing residents without social activities to be free from mass testing. It is a move to take more targeted, science-based actions to curb flare-ups, as the country reported daily new cases of more than 30,000 in the past week.
  • China delays civil servant exam, college English test as daily COVID infections surpass 40,000 Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- China's national civil servant exam, which is scheduled to take place December 3 and 4, has been delayed and has yet to be rescheduled. Several other exams and activities have also been delayed as China's daily COVID-19 infections surpassed 40,000 on Sunday.
  • Omicron BF.7, major strain causing latest outbreak in Beijing, has strong infectious ability: medical expert Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- Omicron BF.7 has become the main strain in Beijing's latest COVID-19 flare-up, with the virus possessing the strongest infection ability across the family of Omicron sub-variants in China and posing the risk of hidden spread, causing difficulty on virus prevention and control, according to Beijing Daily on Monday, citing a Chinese medical expert.
  • Chinese mainland reports 3,748 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 28 Nov 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 3,748 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Monday.
  • China Creates Working Groups to Monitor Implementation of COVID-19 Restrictions, Reports Say Sputnik 28 Nov 2022 -- The Chinese government has set up special working groups to ensure that the local authorities will not cross the line when implementing COVID-19 restrictions in the country amid a record number of daily infections, the Global Times newspaper reported on Monday.
  • Precision urged as cities roll out optimized COVID response Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- China's top health authority has dispatched working groups to supervise local authorities in implementing the ninth edition of China's COVID-19 control protocols and the 20 optimized measures to curb the spread of outbreaks more resolutely while the country may face an extremely challenging winter, some health experts predicted, as the country reported Sunday almost 40,000 daily infections, including 35,858 asymptomatic cases detected on Saturday.
  • Vice premier stresses gathering positive momentum in fighting COVID-19 in Chongqing People's Daily 28 Nov 2022 -- Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan underlined efforts to consolidate and expand the achievements in containing COVID-19 in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.
  • Beijing bans barricading gates for COVID-19 control People's Daily 28 Nov 2022 -- The Chinese capital Beijing on Sunday promised to improve anti-virus measures and ban the practice of barring building gates in closed-off residential compounds.
  • Chinese universities send students home en masse after weekend protests Radio Free Asia 28 Nov 2022 -- Chinese authorities on Monday appeared to be moving to frame a wave of nationwide anti-lockdown protests at the weekend as the work of "hostile foreign forces," with university students ordered to leave campus and go back to their hometowns aboard specially arranged train services, state media and a university source said on Monday.
  • World leaders call on Beijing to respect rights to protest Radio Free Asia 28 Nov 2022 -- U.N. officials and other world leaders have called on Beijing to respect the rights of Chinese citizens to protest, a day after dozens of cities broke out in mass demonstrations against COVID-related lockdowns spurred by a deadly fire in Xinjiang province.
  • ANALYSIS: Chinese protests unlikely to grow into broader pro-democracy movement Radio Free Asia 28 Nov 2022 -- A wave of anti-lockdown protests in China following a deadly fire in Xinjiang's regional capital Urumqi are unlikely to grow into a mass pro-democracy movement like that of 1989, given the degree to which the government's "stability maintenance" system controls people's lives, former student leaders and political commentators said on Monday.
  • Washington Expresses Support for China Protesters VOA 28 Nov 2022 -- The White House Monday expressed support for peaceful protests popping up around China — but administration officials did not say whether Beijing should change the strict "zero-COVID" policies that drove the weekend demonstrations.
  • Taiwan local elections say no to DPP rule, call for peace Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- Taiwan residents' choices, which made the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lose its key places like Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu in the island's local elections, as observers see, were a loud "No" to DPP authorities' policies on a wide range of topics related to people's livelihoods including the chaotic COVID-19 response and the failure to rein in rising prices, and also demonstrated that Tsai Ing-wen''s "China threat bet" has backfired.
  • 7th Fleet Cruiser Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in South China Sea US Navy 28 Nov 2022 -- The PRC's statement about this mission is false. USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) conducted this FONOP in accordance with international law and then continued on to conduct normal operations in waters where high seas freedoms apply. The operation reflects our continued commitment to uphold freedom of navigation and lawful uses of the sea as a principle.
  • Shenzhou-15 crew to visit China Space Station, conduct 1st crew handover in orbit in China's space history Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- China on Monday unveiled the line-up of three taikonauts for Shenzhou-15 manned spaceflight mission that is set to be launched on Tuesday night. The trio led by mission commander Fei Junlong with two space newcomers Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu are going to conduct a direct handover in orbit with the Shenzhou-14 crew at the China Space Station in construction, which shall mark a first in China's aerospace history.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on November 28, 2022 PRC MofA 28 Nov 2022
  • China lodges stern demarches over Canada's hostile 'Indo-Pacific strategy'; 'further evidence of Ottawa being vassal of Washington' Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- China has lodged a solemn representation to Canada after its newly released "Indo-Pacific strategy" chided China on issues such as the Taiwan question and diplomacy, and urged Ottawa to show sincerity if it wants to improve ties. Observers also believed the bluntly hostile strategy serves as further proof that Canada is becoming bogged down deeper as the US' vassal in countering China in the region.
  • Canada launches Indo-Pacific strategy that talks tough on China Radio Free Asia 28 Nov 2022 -- U.S. ally Canada has launched its own Indo-Pacific strategy "to advance Canada's regional peace and security interests" as a Pacific nation, with indications of a tougher stance against China.
  • HKSAR govt asks for law interpretation on ruling that allows overseas lawyer to represent Jimmy Lai Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- Hong Kong's top court rejected an appeal by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to overturn the permission to allow a UK barrister to represent Jimmy Lai, the imprisoned owner of Next Digital Media, in an upcoming national security trial, which is seen as a disappointing result.
  • Judiciary of HKSAR brooks no external interference: Commissioner's office of Chinese Foreign Ministry in HKSAR People's Daily 28 Nov 2022 -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Saturday strongly disapproved of and firmly rejected the irresponsible comments of a few Western politicians on a case-handling by HKSAR courts.
  • Cash-strapped developers get access to refinancing Global Times 28 Nov 2022 -- China's securities regulator announced on Monday the resumption of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) by real estate developers and refinancing by the listed developers, among newly announced five measures that take effect immediately, in an attempt to invigorate the slumped property sector.

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