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08 December 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- Loosening of China's strict COVID rules having mixed effects on the ground Radio Free Asia 08 Dec 2022 -- Residents of Chinese cities reported varying degrees of compliance with the country's loosened COVID-19 restrictions, with some saying it would take a long while for life to return to any semblance of normal.
- China releases guideline coaching COVID-19 patients to quarantine at home Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- China's State Council on Thursday released a guideline coaching people who are confirmed positive for COVID-19 how to react to the infection at home, following the country's "more scientific and precise" COVID-19 response adjustment that allows silent carriers and mild cases to quarantine at home.
- Beijing releases two guidelines coaching residents and communities how to react to COVID infections Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- How should residents and communities react to COVID-19 infections? Beijing health authorities on Thursday released two new guidelines for communities and residents who are confirmed positive for the virus while they quarantine at home, addressing common questions raised in the face of the country's continued optimization of its response to COVID-19.
- Shanghai to remove testing requirements for restaurants, indoor venues from Friday Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- Shanghai on Thursday released more detailed measures as a part of implementation of China's newly released 10 new measures for optimizing COVID-19 response, including removing nucleic acid testing requirements for indoor entertainment venues and restaurants starting from Friday.
- Chinese cities implement newly issued measures to further optimize local response to COVID-19 Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- Chinese cities continue to optimize their response to COVID-19 with many resuming business, removing testing requirements at transportation hubs from Thursday following the newly released 10 prevention and control measures by the State Council in light of the weakened virulence of Omicron.
- Over 37.55 mln people vaccinated for COVID-19 in Myanmar People's Daily 08 Dec 2022 -- Myanmar has vaccinated more than 37.55 million people for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, data from the Ministry of Health showed.
- Chinese mainland reports 4,031 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 08 Dec 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 4,031 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- Beijing scraps COVID test requirements for cinemas in latest optimization plan Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- Beijing further optimized its COVID-19 response on Wednesday night following the release of new measures by China's State Council on Wednesday afternoon. The city's authorities said that more than 63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been taken.
- COVID-19 response further optimized with 10 new measures People's Daily 08 Dec 2022 -- China released a circular on further optimizing the COVID-19 response on Wednesday, announcing 10 prevention and control measures.
- China's Youth League hints that easing COVID curbs were sparked by protests Radio Free Asia 08 Dec 2022 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party's Youth League appeared to suggest that the recent loosening of strict anti-virus controls was in response to the "white paper revolution" at the end of November, in which mostly young protesters held up blank sheets of printer paper in protest at curbs on free speech and movement.
- US increases arms sales to Taiwan island, 'only consolidates morale for Chinese reunification' Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- The US, in consecutive provocative moves over the Taiwan question, has in the past few days approved another arms sale to the island of Taiwan and advanced its National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) through Congress, which includes direct military loans and fast-track weapon sales.
- China strongly opposes US arms sale to Taiwan: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 08 Dec 2022 -- China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the US's recent announcement that it will sell military aircraft parts and related equipment worth$428 million to Taiwan, and has lodged solemn representations with the US side, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, in a written statement on Thursday.
- China's Defense Ministry Accuses US of Escalating Situation Around Taiwan Sputnik 08 Dec 2022 -- The United States has escalated the situation around Taiwan by repeatedly violating the one-China principle, selling arms to the island and sending its officials there, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei said on Thursday.
- 9 PLA aircraft cross Taiwan Strait median line CNA 08 Dec 2022 -- A total of nine Chinese military aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and another two entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) between 6 a.m. Wednesday, and 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- China, Vietnam coast guards hold sixth high-level work meeting PLA Daily 08 Dec 2022 -- The China Coast Guard (CCG) and the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) held the sixth high-level work meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on December 7. CCG Director Major General Yu Zhong and VCG Commander Major General Le Quang Dao co-chaired the meeting. Senior Colonel Pan Tao, defense attachÃ© of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, as well as the delegates and representatives of the law enforcement, international cooperation and grass-roots units from both sides attended the event.
- Xi Jinping chairs meeting of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting on December 6 to analyze economic work in 2023, hear a briefing on the work of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC and the National Commission of Supervision, and make arrangements for improving Party conduct, building a clean and honest government, and combating corruption in 2023. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on December 8, 2022 PRC MofA 08 Dec 2022
- Xi Jinping: China Sees Saudi Arabia as Important Power in Multipolar World Sputnik 08 Dec 2022 -- China considers Saudi Arabia an important power in the multipolar world and attaches great importance to developing a strategic partnership with the kingdom, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday at a meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh.
- Xi's Saudi trip to open up new prospects for China-Arab ties Global Times 08 Dec 2022 -- China's intensive head-of-state diplomacy is set to continue in December, and this time, the focus of attention is Saudi Arabia and the broader Arab world.
- U.S. official: China wants to stabilize relations Radio Free Asia 08 Dec 2022 -- Beijing and Washington both have a genuine desire to stabilize relations and establish "guardrails" after months of intensifying tensions, a top Biden administration official said on Thursday.
- Pakistan Tops New Index Measuring Chinese Influence Around The World RFE/RL Gandhara 08 Dec 2022 -- Pakistan is the country in the world that is the most influenced by China, according to a new study that measures Beijing's expanding global sway.
- Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim's Video Conference With the People's Republic of China (PRC) Special Representative on Korean Peninsula Affairs Liu US Dept. of State 08 Dec 2022
- Uyghur groups urge leaders of Muslim states to condemn genocide in China's Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 08 Dec 2022 -- More than 50 Uyghur groups on Thursday urged heads of states and leaders of international organizations meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week in Saudi Arabia to condemn China's atrocity crimes against the Uyghurs and end the genocide in its far-western Xinjiang region.
- Report Alleges Use of Uyghur Forced Labor in Global Auto Supply Chain VOA 08 Dec 2022 -- A report issued this week alleges that the supply chain serving the global automobile industry is deeply intertwined with companies that either make direct use of forced labor in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or that purchase raw materials and other products from companies that do.
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