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01 December 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- For China, No Easy Way Out of 'Zero-COVID' Policy VOA 01 Dec 2022 -- As much of the world returned to some kind of new normal in 2022, China remains the only country sticking to a strict "zero-COVID" policy to control the spread of a global pandemic. While credited with saving lives, the policy slowed the economy, exacerbated supply-chain disruptions, cost millions of jobs, forced a large portion of Chinese residents into some form of lockdown for months, and is now, experts say, forcing Beijing's leadership to seek a way out of a problem they don't admit having.
- Chinese cities further optimize COVID response amid new realities Global Times 01 Dec 2022 -- Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, where the virus is rife, have continued to optimize their anti-epidemic policies in recent days, with Guangzhou resuming businesses, allowing dine-in services in low-risk areas; and shopping malls gradually opening in Beijing starting Thursday. Some cities have also started to allow close contacts to have home quarantine under certain conditions and exempt some groups from routine nucleic tests.
- Vice premier stresses optimizing COVID-19 response People's Daily 01 Dec 2022 -- Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan on Wednesday underlined the importance of constantly optimizing the country's COVID-19 response.
- Shijiazhuang to resume normal life and production after transmission chains at community level basically cut off Global Times 01 Dec 2022 -- Major urban area of Shijiazhuang in North China's Hebei Province announced on Wednesday to resume normal life and production in an orderly manner starting from Thursday, after five rounds of city-wide nucleic acid testing with the results showing that the transmission chains at community level have basically been cut off.
- China to further upgrade its virus control policy People's Daily 01 Dec 2022 -- China's COVID-19 prevention and control work is facing new situations and new tasks, with the weakening pathogenicity of Omicron, increasing uptake of vaccination and growing disease response experiences, Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan said on Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 4,080 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 01 Dec 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 4,080 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- China steps up security, eases COVID-19 restrictions in wake of Jiang Zemin's death Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2022 -- Authorities in China are stepping up security and easing COVID-19 restrictions following the death of late Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin, as political commentators said public mourning activities could become the focus of further unrest in the country.
- US lawmakers call on UN to investigate China's family separations in Tibet Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2022 -- Two U.S. lawmakers have called on the United Nations to investigate Chinese authorities' forced placement of Tibetan children in state-run schools where they are separated from their families in a bid to reduce contact with their native language and culture.
- Manila Vows to 'Fight' For South China Sea Oil & Gas Without Chinese Approval Sputnik 01 Dec 2022 -- The South China Sea is subject to several territorial disputes, including discord between China and the Philippines on the Reed Bank, also referred to as Reed Tablemount. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague sided with the Philippines but China sees it another way.
- China and Russia hold joint aircraft patrol over Asian waters Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2022 -- Chinese and Russian air forces held a joint patrol and an aircraft exchange in a show of growing defense ties amid strategic tensions with the United States.
- India Dismisses Chinese Objections to India-US Military Drills Near Border VOA 01 Dec 2022 -- India has dismissed Beijing's objections to U.S.-India military exercises being held close to India's disputed border with China.
- New Delhi Says Other Counties Have No 'Veto' on India-US Relations Sputnik 01 Dec 2022 -- BUG: the mark does not exist in the description file
- China-Japan defense hotline to start next spring, expected to benefit regional stability Global Times 01 Dec 2022 -- A defense hotline between China and Japan is expected to be launched next spring, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi revealed on Tuesday. Chinese observers said the move can avoid escalation of tensions if miscalculation or other frictions happen between the two sides in their maritime and air relations.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on December 1, 2022 PRC MofA 01 Dec 2022
- Biden's Reaction to Unrest in China, Iran, Questioned by Critics VOA 01 Dec 2022 -- With major street protests erupting in Iran and China in recent weeks, U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is facing questions about its response to the unrest roiling two of the most significant U.S. adversaries.
- Xi calls for long-term, strategic perspective in China-EU relations Global Times 01 Dec 2022 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting President of the European Council Charles Michel on Thursday vowed to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation while properly managing differences during their meeting in Beijing, the first official meeting between leaders of China and the EU since the conclusion of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and one which represents the EU's "goodwill of furthering relations with China."
- President Xi Jinping Holds Talks withâ€‚European Council President Charles Michel PRC MofA 01 Dec 2022 -- On the morning of 1 December, President Xi Jinping held talks with President of the European Council Charles Michel at the Great Hall of the People.
- Court postpones trial of Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2022 -- The Hong Kong High Court has adjourned the high-profile trial of jailed pro-democracy media magnate Jimmy Lai pending a decision from Beijing over whether to allow a senior British attorney to represent him.
- New U.S. bill would appoint expert to monitor rights abuses in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2022 -- Legislation introduced in Congress this week would provide new tools to hold Beijing accountable for its persecution of ethnic Uyghurs, including through the appointment of an expert on human rights violations in northwest China's Xinjiang region.
- Island in Solomons spurns China aid although dire roads make life tough Radio Free Asia 01 Dec 2022 -- China's money isn't welcome in Malaita, a fiercely independent province of the Solomon Islands led by a politician who says it's wrong to befriend "these people" who don't believe in democracy.
- Silence on China Protests, but Analysts Say Africa Watching VOA 01 Dec 2022 -- With China seeing the biggest anti-government protests since 1989, analysts say African governments are watching closely, mainly with economic concerns.
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