China news updates on New Year’s Day

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Xi addresses New Year gathering of CPPCC National Committee

A New Year gathering was held by the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Thursday in Beijing.

Facing the complicated international and domestic situations in 2020, Xi said China has made major strategic achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, overcome serious floods, and achieved positive economic growth, according to Xinhua.

Addressing the nation on Thursday in a televised New Year speech to ring in 2021, Xi praised the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a gigantic vessel that navigates China’s stable and long-term development.

“The road ahead is long, and striving is the only way forward,” Xi said.

The rising hesitation over China’s COVID-19 vaccines

On December 31, China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) approved the listing of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine. Sinopharm Group disclosed that the vaccine’s effectiveness was 79.34% based on Phase III clinical trial data. It was the first Covid-19 vaccine approved by NMPA in 2020.

In Comparison, the effectiveness of Sinopharm’s vaccine was significantly behind the two vaccines developed by Pfizer and Modena in the United States which were around 95% effective. So far Sinopharm declined public access to any data of vaccine clinical trials, including information on the size of the trial population and serious side effects. Furthermore, the scientific world could not testify the authenticity of the effectiveness data of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The CCP declares an objective to vaccinate 50 million Chinese people by end of  February 2021. Government officials received priorities along with front-line medical workers. Due to doubts about the development process and quality of the Covid-19 vaccine, medical staff had a negative attitude towards the Covid-19 vaccine.

Australia rings in 2021 with new pandemic restrictions

Australia welcomed 2021 with subdued celebrations with hopes for a better year dampened by new COVID-19 outbreaks in the country’s two most populous states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Hundreds of families spent New Year’s eve stranded in a kilometer-long traffic jam, media footage showed, as they rushed to their home states to avoid border restrictions that kick in from midnight.

South Australia state on Thursday said rising infections in Sydney have led it to put up a hard border with NSW starting Friday, with only returning residents, essential workers, and people relocating to the state allowed entry.

US disapproval of EU-China investment agreement

Amid concerns about the human rights situation in China, the EU said the seven-year-long negotiations were concluded “in principle” during a videoconference involving Xi, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and EU Council President Charles Michel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel — whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU — and French president Emmanuel Macron also took part in the discussions with the Chinese president, the EU said.

According to the EU, the deal was brokered after China committed to pursuing ratification of the International Labor Organization’s rules on forced labor.

Macron took part in the ceremony at the invitation of Merkel, who represented Germany, which was the holder of the EU Council presidency until the day after the China deal was signed.

After the signing, the French president said: “The dialogue between Europe and China has strengthened and become more balanced these past few years. It continues.”

Growing criticism over allegations of forced labor in the western region of Xinjiang, where rights groups say up to 2 million members of predominantly Muslim minority groups have been detained in “reeducation” camps, had threatened to complicate, if not scupper, the deal.

The US has voiced criticism over the Eu-China deal.

Abe government provided intelligence of CCP committing genocide in Xinjiang

According to G-news, the Abe government provided intelligence to Britain and the United States about the genocide committed by the CCP in Xinjiang, indicating that the Japanese government has long decided to take the side of justice and participate in the extermination of the CCP.

As the originator of intelligence in Asia, Japan has been able to acquire intelligence that was not available to Britain and the United States for two reasons. One is a unique source of intelligence. Most of the components for the cameras of the CCP surveillance system are made in Japan, especially in extremely cold and hot conditions, are all made in Japan. All CCP TV cameras are fully from Japanese brands such as JVC, Sony, and Panasonic, with automatic backing-up possibility. The high-end CMOS sensors for the face recognition system can only be made by Sony. The second is a unique analyzing capability. Japanese intelligence officers are very well versed in Chinese history, culture, and writing, understand the official culture of the CCP and are well aware of the evil of the CCP, which determined their capability to analyze the CCP intelligence far more than the British and the United States.

CCP issued the Interim Regulations on the Management of Active Duty Officers and related supporting regulations, to prepare for war from the legislative level

According to China Central Television (CCTV), approved by Xi Jinping, the Central Military Commission recently issued the Interim Regulations on the Management of Active Duty Officers, as well as 11 supporting regulations, including the Interim Provisions on the Selection and Supplementation of Active Duty Officers, all effective January 1, 2021.

The legislation emphasizes the absolute leadership of the CCP over the military and focus on preparation for war and fighting.

On December 26, the 24th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress considered and adopted the newly revised National Defense Law, which will come into effect on January 1, 2021.

The release and implementation of the newly revised National Defense Law, together with these regulations, signify the CCP’s readiness to prepare for war by legislating to strengthen its control over the military and its ability to mobilize for national defense and respond to crises, in a vain attempt to kidnap the military and even the entire Chinese population to prolong their lives for themselves.

U.S. destroyers’ sailing through Taiwan Strait

On Thursday morning, the U.S. Navy conducted a rare double-warship pass through the Taiwan Strait with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur.

China on Thursday expressed strong opposition to U.S. destroyers’ sailing through the Taiwan Strait, urging the United States to play a constructive role in ensuring regional peace and stability, rather than the opposite.

The U.S. 7th Fleet maintained that the action was taken “in accordance with international law.”

“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.”

The Taiwan Defense Ministry also issued a statement regarding the passage of the U.S. warships.

“The Chinese military used joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as a way to grasp the relevant dynamics and actions of ships and aircraft in the surrounding seas and airspaces,” a statement sent to Newsweek by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office read.

Speaking at the presidential office, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that in the past year, Chinese military activity near Taiwan has threatened peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

“I want to reiterate, that when it comes to cross-strait relations we will not advance rashly and will stick to our principles,” Tsai said.

“As long as the Beijing authorities are determined to defuse antagonism and improve cross-strait relations, in line with the principles of reciprocity and dignity, we are willing to jointly promote meaningful dialogue,” she added, echoing comments she made in October in her national day speech.

As PLA Hong Kong Garrison warships docked at the special administrative region’s recently handed-over Central Military Terminal for the first time, a move potentially signaling a greater Chinese military role in Hong Kong, the State Department issued a statement Thursday targeting the recent jailing of a dozen activists there who attempted to flee to Taiwan.

“A regime that prevents its own people from leaving can lay no claim to greatness or global leadership,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “It is simply a fragile dictatorship, afraid of its own people.”

CCP offers reward for Taliban members to attack U.S. troops

The Afghan government captured 10 Chinese citizens suspected of spying for the CCP and shared the intelligence with the U.S. military. The Trump Administration’s declassification of the intelligence confirmed that the CCP offered bounties to Taliban members through financial incentives to support their attacks on U.S. troops.

The intelligence was included in a presidential briefing provided by the Director of National Intelligence on Dec. 17. The choice of this declassified intelligence to be released by the media at this time represents a significant change in the strategic relationship between the two countries, and a dramatic escalation of tensions is occurring between the United States and Communist China.

Intelligence also indicates that large quantities of Communist China’s weapons have been illegally flowing into Afghanistan, and those collaborating with the National Security members of Communist China are the Haqqani organization in Kabul, which was recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States in September 2012.

NYSE to delist 3 biggest Chinese telecoms to comply with Trump executive order

The New York Stock Exchange announced late Thursday it has begun delisting proceedings on the three largest Chinese telecommunications companies in order to comply with an executive order by President Donald Trump targeting companies affiliated with China’s military.

Trading of American depositary shares of China Mobile Ltd. China Telecom Corp. Ltd. and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. will be suspended Jan. 7, unless it can be confirmed that trades executed Jan. 7 and Jan. 8 will be executed, in which case trading will be suspended Jan. 11, the NYSE said. The NYSE said it will provide further information as available.

The NYSE said it will apply to the Securities and Exchange Commission to delist the stocks upon completion of the proceedings, including any potential appeals.

Trump signed the order on Nov. 12, banning Americans from investing in a handful of Chinese companies that the U.S. claims to support or supply the Chinese military.

Edited by staff

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