China tests bomb that destroys ports – Washington Times

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ChinaThe military recently conducted a bomb test designed to destroy US Navy civilian bases and ports.

The People’s Liberation Army Naval Research Academy triggered the submarine explosion by simulating an attack on a Chinese naval port on a “hostile high pier,” the state agency Global times reported Oct. 25

“The submarine explosives were successfully detonated and completely demolished the pier with a powerful explosion,” the report said. “The test collected a large amount of data that can be used in future combat to attack enemy ports, which may contribute to disruption of enemy supply lines,” the story states, citing PLA experts.

The location of the test was not disclosed.

PLA Navy Captain Zhao Pengduo, the deputy director of the naval port demolition test program, told Chinese state television that naval bases and ports are “hubs” used for military logistics that supply ammunition and fuel.

“If we can use stealth ways, such as submarine explosions to destroy ports, we can eliminate the enemy’s war potential,” said the captain. Zhao said.

The report says the US Navy is dispersing its aircraft carriers and military bases nearby China to make Chinese attacks in a future conflict more difficult. However, the dispersal strategy also makes it more difficult for forces to resupply and makes ports and naval bases important targets.

Russia has developed a similar drone submarine that kills ports armed with a 100-megaton nuclear warhead capable of creating tsunamis capable of destroying cities and ports.

China analysts suspect the PLA will conduct another port explosive test at an ocean base in the coming months.

The explosive test was not limited to destroying the docks and was more likely aimed at assisting the Chinese targeting of ships in ports and building warships to withstand similar attacks. Triggering an underwater blast in a closed port will also help develop attacks that can damage multiple ships in port from a single blast resulting in optimal aiming points.

COVID returns home China

Chinathe government is grappling with a new outbreak of the Covid-19 virus that began in Wuhan three years ago. The latest infections have now reached 20 provinces, according to Chinese state media.

The Chinese government has launched a new, intrusive electronic surveillance system capable of monitoring the positions of citizens who have come into contact with people infected with COVID.

The state-run Beijing Evening News reported that the new outbreaks began on October 5. 17 in Shaanxi province by a tour group from Inner Mongolia. By November 5th, 20 provinces and regions were affected including Beijing, Qinghai, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Ningxa, Shandong, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Yunman, Guizhou, Sichuan, Chongqing, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Liaoning , Henan and Shaanxi.

In Dalian, the authorities are also using a talking robot on the streets that says: “Please keep your health code and identity card. We actively collaborate with medical staff and quickly stem the epidemic together. Battler! “

The outbreak led to the blockade of a city near Beijing and the closure of supermarkets in some locations.

The official Xinhua news agency reported that in the northern province of Heilongjiang, a government working group called the outbreaks “serious and complicated”.

Virus sequencing in China determined that more transmission chains are developing due to variants other than those that originated in Wuhan. The outbreak also highlights what analysts say is the relative ineffectiveness of vaccines developed in China.

China continued to stand in the way of the international community regarding its handling of the virus which began in a Wuhan laboratory or as a result of an as yet undetermined animal infecting humans and spreading globally around November 2019.

A recent US intelligence report claimed that Chinathe government is pushing a false narrative that the virus originated externally China.

Chinathe government continues to spread allegations that the United States intentionally created or disseminated [the COVID virus] to divert attention from Beijing, “the report said.

Chinese leaders insist the virus started in China on imported frozen foods, something the intelligence report described as “an extremely unlikely theory”.

Officially, ChinaThe government says the death toll from the pandemic was less than 5,000. Unofficial US death toll estimates in China due to the virus, the figure exceeds 100,000 people.

The latest official data in China they say there were 1,141 new cases in early November.

Regarding intrusive electronic surveillance, the state-owned China Daily reported that the new COVID-19 restrictions include a process that identifies “space-time contacts” in an attempt to quickly find people at risk of infection. In the southwestern city of Chengdu, some Chinese were informed via telephone message as part of the new system that they had been near someone infected with COVID.

Local health authorities define a “space-time contact” as someone who has stayed in the same space as someone who was a COVID patient. A space-time contact is defined as someone who has been detected through cell phone surveillance as having spent more than 10 minutes in an area 875 yards wide by 875 yards long with an infected person.

Once identified as a space-time contact, the health code identifier on a person’s phone changes from green to yellow, meaning they are no longer free to roam in public and must undergo COVID testing and self-quarantine. until negative results are obtained.

The new contact tracing is also used in Beijing, Henan and Fujian provinces. Intrusive measures come despite evidence that there is limited transmission of the virus in the open air.

To date, tens of thousands of Chinese have been designated as “suspicious contacts” by the government, reports The Epoch Times. Analysts say there are concerns that US health authorities may follow the Chinese model and adopt similar draconian contact-tracing methods in the US.

Chinese citizen-journalist imprisoned near death

The US government is calling China release a citizen-journalist jailed for unofficial video recordings tracing the early days of the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Wuhan. Zhang Zhan, the journalist, was sentenced to four years in prison for reporting Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Ms. Zhang is close to death after starting a hunger strike, according to her family.

“We have repeatedly expressed our serious concerns about the arbitrary nature of his detention and his mistreatment during it. We reiterate our call to the PRC for his immediate and unconditional release ” State Department spokesperson Ned Price he told reporters on Monday.

Mr. Price said the dissident journalist’s release is urgent as she is close to death in a Chinese prison.

In December, the State Department called Ms. Zhang’s detention a “fictitious trial and conviction.”

“The Communist Party of China (CCP) has once again demonstrated that it will do whatever it takes to silence those who question the party’s official line, including when it comes to crucial public health information,” the department said in a statement. Note. “Lying is a feature, not a bug of authoritarian regimes.”

The statement stated that the Chinese Communist Party “has limited and manipulated information” about the virus and “has brutally silenced other brave truth tellers, such as Dr. Li Wenliang, Chen Qiushi Other Fang Bin. “

“Due to the CCP’s gross wrongdoing, the rest of the world has relied heavily on the uncensored reports of citizen reporters like Zhang to understand the real situation in Wuhan after the CCP’s strict media controls were imposed and a controllable epidemic turned into a deadly global pandemic. “

Ms. Zhang, a lawyer who became a human rights activist, was arrested in May 2020 and later convicted of “fighting and causing trouble.”

His alleged crime was posting more than 120 videos on YouTube revealing conditions in Wuhan during the repression of the virus in the city. Relationships revealed Chinese government failures to stem the epidemic.

A Chinese embassy spokesperson did not return an email seeking comment on Ms. Zhang’s case.

Contact Bill Gertz on Twitter at @BillGertz.

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