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05 December 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- Is China's Health Care System Ready for the End of Zero-COVID? VOA 05 Dec 2022 -- More Chinese cities have been announcing an easing of curbs following unprecedented protests against the harsh "zero-COVID" policies in China last weekend.
- Urumqi relaxes COVID-19 testing requirements for public transport, venues Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- Urumqi in Northwest China's Xinjiang announced on Monday that the city has adjusted its policy away from an emergency setting toward regular epidemic prevention measures. Residents will no longer be required to present a negative nucleic acid or report their information before entering residential communities, public venues or when taking public transportation.
- Chinese cities move to loosen anti-COVID restrictions; riders no long need test results to take public transit system Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- Multiple provinces and cities across China have moved to gradually loosen anti-COVID restrictions, as local residents no longer need to present negative nucleic acid test results and scan health code when entering public venues and taking public transit systems.
- At least 19 cities scrap tests to use public transit; experts explore necessity of downgrading COVID management Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- At least 19 cities across China scrapped negative nucleic acid test results as a requirement for riding public transport as of Monday, part of the country's broader efforts to further optimize COVID-19 response in order to gradually resume social and economic activities.
- Hospitals in many provinces no longer offer nucleic testing to general public Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- Hospitals in many provinces in China have announced that their nucleic acid testing services will no longer be available to the general public without a medical need, which is seen as another step in a recent series of epidemic prevention and control policy optimization.
- More cities in E China's Zhejiang end mass COVID-19 tests, health codes for public transportation since Monday Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- Following many places across the country, including neighboring Shanghai, local authorities in several cities in East China's Zhejiang Province announced on Sunday that negative nucleic acid testing results and green health codes are no longer required for taking public transportation and entering public venues since Monday.
- Chinese mainland reports 4,247 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 05 Dec 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 4,247 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- Taiwanese Follow Chinese Protests with Interested but Muted Support VOA 05 Dec 2022 -- For two weeks, small groups of Taiwanese have gathered in support of a wave of protests across China against the government's strict COVID-19 restrictions and ongoing lockdowns in the largest movement of civil disobedience since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
- Canada Plans to Increase Traffic of Warships Through Taiwan Strait: Foreign Minister Sputnik 05 Dec 2022 -- Canada intends to send more warships to pass through the Taiwan Strait to demonstrate that the waters claimed by China are international, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said on Monday.
- PLA Army brigade holds urban warfare drills integrating drones, robots Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- An army brigade of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a series of urban warfare exercises in which troops integrated drones and robots for reconnaissance, combat support and logistics support tasks, with experts saying on Monday that the use of unmanned equipment could significantly enhance combat effectiveness and lower casualties.
- 42nd Chinese naval escort taskforce completes first in-port replenishment PLA Daily 05 Dec 2022 -- With the assistance of two tugboats, the supply ship CNS Kekexilihu attached to the 42nd Chinese naval escort taskforce pulled off from the port of Djibouti after completing the in-port replenishment there on November 29, local time.
- Chinese peacekeeping force to South Sudan (Wau) launches yearly rotation PLA Daily 05 Dec 2022 -- The first-batch 165 members of the 12th Chinese peacekeeping contingent to South Sudan (Wau) set off from the mission area and returned home on December 1, after completing their one-year peacekeeping mission, according to the rotation deployment order.
- Chinese Ship Enters Indian Ocean Ahead of Multiple Missile Tests by Delhi Sputnik 05 Dec 2022 -- India is keeping a close watch on Chinese naval vessels, including research and fishing ships operating in the Indian Ocean Region, amid rising competition with its northern neighbor.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on December 5, 2022 PRC MofA 05 Dec 2022
- US itself is initiator of interference in others' internal affairs and engaging in economic coercion: Chinese FM Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- China resolutely opposes the US and the EU to interfere in China's internal affairs and to slander China, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning on Monday in response to remarks related to China made during the fourth high-level meeting of the US-EU Dialogue on China.
- Rejection of plan for super-embassy a 'setback' for China's overseas operations Radio Free Asia 05 Dec 2022 -- A decision by local officials not to allow China to build a "super-embassy" on the site of a historic building in east London is a major setback for the Chinese Communist Party's overseas influence operations, analysts told RFA.
- China Begins to Revive Arctic Scientific Ground Projects After Setbacks VOA 05 Dec 2022 -- Beijing is taking its first steps toward recovering from years of setbacks to its scientific, land-based projects in the Arctic, sending personnel to two outposts that have been vital to its policy of establishing China as a "near-Arctic" state.
- HK's Civic Party to disband, as disruptive forces no longer welcomed among public Global Times 05 Dec 2022 -- The Civic Party in Hong Kong has been left with no choice but to dissolve itself as its new executive committee cannot be formed, said the party's chairman and founder Alan Leong Kah-kit on Saturday, local media reported on Saturday.
- A year on, Laotians say high-speed rail link with China has brought them few benefits Radio Free Asia 05 Dec 2022 -- A year ago, a U.S.$6 billion high-speed railway was completed between Laos and China amid much fanfare and hopes that it would fuel exports from Laos and spur growth in the impoverished, landlocked country.
- Pair plead guilty to bribery in attempt to create semi-autonomous Pacific region Radio Free Asia 05 Dec 2022 -- A Chinese pair who tried to create a semi-autonomous region in the Marshall Islands with no tax and relaxed immigration rules have pleaded guilty in the United States to conspiring to bribe officials.
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