China: Daily Scan, August 12, 2020
Dr Teshu Singh, Research Fellow, VIF
Xinhua Headlines: China's top legislature resolves HKSAR LegCo vacancy concern: Xinhuanet
August 12, 2020

Chinese lawmakers on Tuesday voted to adopt a decision for the sixth Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to continue performing duties. The decision was passed at the 21st session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature. After Sept. 30, 2020, the sixth LegCo will continue performing duties for no less than a year until the term of the seventh LegCo starts. The term of the seventh LegCo will still be four years when it is formed in accordance with the law, according to the decision. Click here to read....

Any attempt that challenges “one-China principle” is doomed to fail: People’s Daily

August 12, 2020

Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, arrived in Taiwan on August 9 and began a 3-day-long visit. Such a move of the U.S. is a serious breach of its commitments pledged on the Taiwan question. Click here to read....

China wants U.S. bio-labs open to media scrutiny: FM spokesperson: People’s Daily
August 12, 2020

China hopes the United States could open up its research base at Fort Detrick to the media, release more information about its over 200 bio-labs overseas, and invite WHO experts to the United States for COVID-19 origin-tracing investigations, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. Click here to read....

New 'Cold War' cabal gets the cold shoulder: China Daily
August 12, 2020

"US Leads a Coalition of One against China" screams the headline of The American Conservative. It sounds like a parody piece in the Onion or a college humor magazine but it comes from the pages of a serious, right-leaning publication not known for going easy on Beijing. The article by Ted Galen Carpenter highlights the utter failure of the United States administration to get allies, with the possible exception of the United Kingdom, to join its crusade against China. Click here to read....

US spy planes in South China Sea ‘creating risk’ for civilian aircraft: South China Morning Sea
August 12, 2020

The US Air Force is creating risks for passenger flights over the South China Sea with its close-in reconnaissance missions near the Chinese coast, a Chinese military source and observers have warned. The US military has several types of reconnaissance aircraft developed on commercial air platforms, and they usually follow civil aviation flights as cover when approaching China’s airspace, a source close to the People’s Liberation Army told the South China Morning Post. Click here to read....

Xi Focus: Xi signs order awarding 4 persons for outstanding contribution in COVID-19 fight: Xinhuanet
August 11, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday signed a presidential order awarding four persons the national medal and honorary title for their outstanding contribution to fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. Xi's presidential order came after the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress voted at the 21st session to adopt a decision to confer the national medal and honorary title on the four renowned specialists. Click here to read....

Xi Focus: Xi stresses stopping wasting food, promoting thrift: Xinhuanet
August 11, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed resolutely putting an end to wasting food and called for promoting thrift. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the requirement in an instruction. Click here to read....

S. China Sea island warfare hyped by certain US military branch: Global Times
August 11, 2020

Forbes reported on Sunday that the US military probably has enough fighter jets to win a war against China in the Western-Pacific region, but it doesn't have enough bases there. The report suggested that the US army could "borrow" bases from China by "dropping paratroopers or landing Marines" on some of China's islands and reefs. Click here to read....

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