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16 December 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- Macau loosens quarantine policy for arriving passengers CNA 16 Dec 2022 -- Effective Saturday, Macau will ease quarantine protocols for overseas arrivals, Macau's health officials announced Friday.
- Quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and mainland possible in 2023: HK CE Global Times 16 Dec 2022 -- As the Chinese mainland adjusts its COVID policy and scraps many of its previous restrictive measures, calls from residents of both sides for more convenient travel between Hong Kong and the mainland have been growing. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said on Thursday that it is possible that Hong Kong and the mainland will realize quarantine-free travel next year.
- Raging COVID infections in China a result of multiple factors, not merely the relaxation of policy: former CDC chief epidemiologist Global Times 16 Dec 2022 -- Multiple reasons including the characteristics of new variants, cold temperatures in winter season and invalidation of previous vaccines have contributed to the raging COVID-19 infections in China in recent days, which should not be traced back merely to the relaxation of anti-epidemic policy, a former chief epidemiologist from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday at the Global Times annual conference.
- Hefei starts administering inhalable COVID-19 vaccine People's Daily 16 Dec 2022 -- Hefei, the capital city of east China's Anhui Province, recently started administering an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine.
- Chinese mainland reports 2,091 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Dec 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 2,091 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Friday.
- China conducts survey on population most susceptible to COVID-19 infections People's Daily 16 Dec 2022 -- China is carrying out a survey to identify people most susceptible to COVID-19 infections, including the elderly and those with underlying diseases, an official with the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Thursday.
- China removes testing requirements for travelers arriving in Beijing Global Times 16 Dec 2022 -- China's transport ministry on Thursday released a notice to further implement optimized epidemic prevention and control measures for people arriving in Beijing, removing the requirement for them to do nucleic acid testing.
- China's State Council calls for improved logistics to safeguard delivery of epidemic prevention supplies Global Times 16 Dec 2022 -- The State Council, China's cabinet, on Thursday called for efforts to improve logistics and safeguard the delivery of epidemic prevention supplies after the country eased anti-virus restrictions.
- Multiple Chinese cities begin second booster rollout Global Times 16 Dec 2022 -- Multiple Chinese cities, including Beijing, as well as cities in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, Central China's Hunan and East China's Zhejiang and Anhui, have released the location of local vaccination sites while encouraging the public to seek out a second COVID-19 booster shot.
- Xi's consolidation of power feeding tensions over Taiwan: analysts Radio Free Asia 16 Dec 2022 -- Chinese leader Xi Jinping's consolidation of power at October's 20th party congress has profound implications for growing military tensions across the Taiwan Strait in the coming year, analysts told a recent online symposium.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on December 16, 2022 PRC MofA 16 Dec 2022
- Secretary Blinken Launches the Office of China Coordination US Dept. of State 16 Dec 2022 -- Today Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken presided over the launch of the new Office of China Coordination, informally known as China House. China House will ensure the U.S. government is able to responsibly manage our competition with the People's Republic of China (PRC) and advance our vision for an open, inclusive international system.
- US State Department Launches Office of China Coordination VOA 16 Dec 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday presided over the launching of the U.S. State Department's Office of China Coordination, informally known as China House, to manage U.S. competition with Beijing.
- US Asks Australia to Extradite Former Marine Pilot Accused of Breaching Arms Control Laws VOA 16 Dec 2022 -- A court in Sydney Friday has heard that the United States has asked Australia to extradite a former marine pilot who is accused of breaking U.S. arms control laws by training Chinese fighter pilots. Daniel Duggan, a former U.S. citizen, has been in custody since his arrest in Australia in October. His lawyer has insisted the charges are politically motivated.
- US makes formal extradition request for former military pilot from Australia Press TV 16 Dec 2022 -- The US government has formally sent an extradition request to Australia for former US Marine pilot Daniel Duggan who is accused of breaking US arms control law by training Chinese military pilots to land on aircraft carriers.
- China Trying to Fight Back US Ban on Its Chip Industry VOA 16 Dec 2022 -- China is spending $143 billion to combat U.S. moves to cut off its supply of semiconductor technology.
- Chinese Student in US Charged With Stalking Pro-Democracy Chinese Classmate VOA 16 Dec 2022 -- A Chinese student has been arrested by the FBI in Boston and charged in federal court with one count of stalking after allegedly harassing a fellow Chinese student who had posted fliers declaring support for pro-democracy protesters in China.
- Chinese Diplomatic Personnel Forced Out of UK VOA 16 Dec 2022 -- Six Chinese diplomatic personnel left Britain this week for their alleged roles in assaulting protesters at the Chinese Consulate in Manchester in October.
- Japan's passage of defense documents brings country away from track of post-war peaceful development: Chinese embassy Global Times 16 Dec 2022 -- Japan's drastic adjustment of its defense policy raises the suspicion that the country is deviating from the track of post-war peaceful development, the Chinese Embassy in Japan said on Friday, after Japan passed three key defense policy documents.
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