China: Daily Scan, August 06, 2020
Dr Teshu Singh, Research Fellow, VIF
Wake up India, you're harming yourself: China Daily
August 6, 2020

On Tuesday, reports said that the Indian government had announced a ban on Baidu and Weibo, two popular smartphone apps developed in China. Combined with the recent ban on short video sharing apps such as TikTok and Kwai, and social media app WeChat, India has now blocked its residents from using almost all popular Chinese apps. Click here to read....

Xinhua Headlines: China to make cool-headed, sensible response to U.S. impulsive moves, anxiety: FM: Xinhuanet
August 6, 2020

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday the Chinese side is ready to enter into candid, effective consultation with the U.S. side and make cool-headed and sensible response to the impulsive moves and anxiety of the U.S. side.
Wang made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Xinhua on China-U.S. ties. Click here to read....

China's "Cloud Diplomacy" dispels dark cloud of COVID-19 challenges: People’s Daily
August 6, 2020

While the trajectory of the pandemic and its economic and political fallout remain unclear, it can be outlined that COVID-19 has posed unprecedented political and social challenges, ratcheted up the risk of a global recession, and pressed the pause button on interaction between peoples and countries for a while. Through "cloud diplomacy" in the form of phone calls, correspondence, video summits and conferences, China endeavours to boost international efforts of joint response to the unprecedented global public health crisis, out of the belief that the pandemic will not impede the progress of human civilizations, nor can it arrest the world's determined march towards realizing common dreams of peace and prosperity. Click here to read....

China objects to US official's Taiwan visit: China Daily
August 6, 2020

China's Foreign Ministry urged the United States on Wednesday to stop all forms of official contact with Taiwan to avoid seriously endangering China-US relations as well as the peace and stability of the Taiwan Straits.

Speaking at a regular news briefing, ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China firmly opposes official links between Taiwan and the US, and that position has been clear and consistent.
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Govt. unveils policies to bolster chip industry: China Daily
August 6, 2020

China's latest semiconductor policies will offer a golden opportunity for the chip industry to pursue high-quality development and motivate companies to achieve breakthroughs in crucial technologies, experts said on Wednesday.
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Economic Watch: How China fights "protracted war" for prosperity amid uncertainties: Xinhuanet
August 5, 2020

In coping with the disruptions from the COVID-19 epidemic and global economic slowdown, China's leadership has emphasized the need to steer the world's second-largest economy as if fighting a protracted war. It called for the quickened establishment of a new development pattern which gives full play to the advantages of a huge domestic market, so that domestic and foreign markets can boost each other. It also said the domestic market should be the mainstay, emphasizing the need to tackle challenges from a protracted-war perspective.
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US, Taiwan cannot shake mainland’s bottom line: Global Times editorial: Global Times
August 5, 2020

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will visit the island of Taiwan "in the coming days." The last time a US cabinet official visited the island was in 2014, when then Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy paid a visit. As the Health and Human Services Secretary is a cabinet post, Azar's trip to the island will be more provocative. Why did the US exercise restraint in sending officials to Taiwan in the past four decades? Because international rules require it to do so.
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Tick-Borne Virus Kills 7, Infects Dozens in Eastern China: The Epoch Times
August 5, 2020

A contagious, tick-borne virus that first emerged in China has recently killed seven while infecting dozens in the country. The virus usually spreads between May and October in mountainous regions, and has a death rate of 5 to 17 percent, said Chuang Jen-Hsiang, deputy director-general of Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at an Aug. 5 press conference.
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