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#Beijing just had some sort of meeting and it is going to upgrade the #COVID19 control level to that of #Wuhan. People asked to purchase and store food, water, and battery.

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Latest for @dw_chinese - In response to #LiWenliang's death, a group of intellectuals and activists in #China issued a public statement, calling on #Beijing to designate February 6 as the "Freedom of Expression Day" and release all political prisoners.…
@dw_chinese I talked to one of the signatories of the statement, prominent human rights lawyer @wangyulawyer, who experienced cruel crackdown and detention from #Beijing during the 709 crackdown against human rights lawyers.
@dw_chinese @wangyulawyer She thinks that authoritarian regimes rely on "lies and violence" to stay in power, but Dr. Li's passing allows many people in China to realize that the current regime is a government that's afraid of truth.
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THREAD: How #Beijing kept the world in the dark as coronavirus spread

The govt's initial handling allowed the virus to gain a tenacious hold. Officials chose to put secrecy ahead of confronting the crisis to avoid political embarrassment…
The government's initial handling of the epidemic allowed the virus to gain a tenacious hold. At critical moments, officials chose to put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis to avoid public alarm and political embarrassment
Authorities silenced doctors for raising red flags. They played down the dangers to the public, leaving the city's 11 million residents unaware they should protect themselves. They closed a food market where the virus may have started, but told the public it was for renovations.
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Latest for @dwnews - Since the outbreak started, #Beijing’s handling of the epidemic has come under more scrutiny as the scale of the outbreak increases. I talked to prominent Chinese historian @zhanglifan about what it means to the Chinese regime.…
Some key quotes - “The epidemic exposes the flaws in the modernization of governance that the Chinese government has been boasting about. It is clear that China hasn't truly modernized its governance system, and 17 years after the SARS epidemic,...
... it also hasn't established a public epidemic prevention system.”
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[The outbreak has been more than just #WuhanVirus spread]

1/ By covering up the severity of pandemic with force & fear, #China has turned whole crisis into the Chernobyl disaster of the 21st century. China's still clamping down on #coronavirus coverage as cases surge day by day.
2/ For the past decades, #China’s despotic rule has cracked down on any signs of dissidence on its territory. Lawyers are made disappeared, dissidents are put under watch, and whistleblowers are disciplined. While #Uyghurs are detained while churches are demolished.
3/ Under the surface, we see the powerlessness of power. Burnished by the personality cult, this rigid regime rules the people with fear and distrust. #Beijing's iron-fist control on citizenry also makes it unresponsive to social grievance.
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Latest for @dw_chinese - While several countries plan to evacuate more citizens, citizens from Pakistan and Nigeria keep facing an uncertain future in #Wuhan, as their governments "assure" them that #China has the best mechanism to cope with the crisis.…
@dw_chinese I talked to Pakistani and Nigerian students trapped in #Wuhan since the lockdown, and here are what they told me - Pakistani student Halima told me that since the lockdown in the city, the biggest challenge for them is to leave their rooms and get necessities because most ...
@dw_chinese ... leave far from markets that are open and with the strict rules on transportation, students have to rely on foot to go anywhere they wan to go. Additionally, among more than 2000 Pakistani students trapped in #Wuhan, 4 have contracted #coronavirus.
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FEB 1 #coronavirus Updates THREAD 2 .. begins below at 12,000 cases. Here was #coronavirus UPDATES THREAD 1
Began here. TWEETS 1-44
FEB 1#coronavirus UPDATES Thread 2 :
SUMMARY from Case 1 to 12,000 ... 76 yo Pan Chuntao was one of millions of Chinese who mingled, traveled and carried on with daily life during the critical period from mid-DEC to mid-JAN. PUBLIC NOT WARNED @CDC @NIH
FEB 1 #coronavirus THREAD2 3: #chinaoutbreak that 13,957 has killed at 304 people in China, spread to more than 20 countries, disrupted the global economy and left 55 million people in China’s #Hubei province under #quarantine lockdown @AMSA_News TY @FirstMainDesign #maddow
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After initially rebuffing #US offers, #China asks for CDC's help to investigate Wuhan virus

#Beijing has relented and agreed to permit #American disease experts to visit virus-hit China

Desperate times require desperate measures.........…
Beijing, after initially blocking requests from the United States, has agreed to permit authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take part in an international investigation of the global health crisis caused by the rapidly spreading Wuhan coronavirus.
The World Health Organization officially declared an international health emergency Thursday. WHO officials said the designation was not meant to be a “vote of no confidence” in the Chinese government’s handling of the crisis.
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The 2019 Novel #Coronavirus, or the #WuhanCoronavirus, has spread from #China to over a dozen countries, including the United States, France, and Japan.

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Air Canada Announces It Is Suspending China Flights

Effective Jan. 30, @AirCanada is suspending all direct flights to #Beijing and #Shanghai until Feb. 29, the airlines said in a statement.…
@AirCanada New Zealand Charters Plane to Evacuate Citizens from Wuhan

@WinstonPeters, #NewZealand’s foreign minister, announced that the government has agreed with national carrier Air New Zealand to arrange a chartered flight to #Wuhan to evacuate citizens, according to local media.
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More on #WuhanCoronavirus - Throughout Tuesday, 1459 new cases were added, including 263 cases with severe symptoms. Additionally, 26 new death were recorded, including the latest non-#Hubei one coming from Henan province. There are also 3284 new suspected cases.
Meanwhile, Malaysia added 3 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7. Two of the new cases are Chinese nationals, one is a 4-year-old girl and the other one a 52-year-old man. The third one is a Singaporean, whose father-in-law has also been infected.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a letter to #China yesterday to praise #Beijing’s timely actions to control #WuhanOutbreak and hope the epidemic gets contained soon. Seoul plans to send 2 million masks and 100,000 protective clothing to #China by plane.
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More updates about #WuhanCoronavirus - #China’s National Health Commission said one big difference between #WuhanCoronavirus and #SARS is that the new virus is transmittable during incubation period. Additionally, it took SARS 3-4 months to become an epidemic but ...
... it only took #WuhanCoronavirus one month to become an epidemic. They also admit that since this is a new virus, #Beijing still has limited understanding about the virus. They emphasized that the progression of the epidemic is not controlled by them but the government will ...
... keep adjusting its mechanisms and executing different kinds of preventative measures. They reiterated that this is the only way for #China to get the epidemic under control.
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2. Roads in and out of #Wuhan (even small side roads) being barricaded with piles of dirt/rocks to block all traffic in or out.
3. "Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. Ye shall not .. print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom"..."…
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I've been spending the whole day talking to sources in #Wuhan and the more I learned about how the #CCP has been handling the public health crisis, the angrier and irritated I get. Instead of addressing the emerging cases right away, they repeatedly downplayed the ...
... severity of #WuhanCoronavirus, making citizens think it's just another virus that won't affect them too much. Only when the virus started to spread beyond their expectation, did they come out to reveal the true extent of the virus, and now leaving the whole...
... city, province, country and the world to cope with the expanding crisis. Those who "praised" #China for behaving more transparent than in 2002 should know that #Beijing has known about the virus for weeks before they finally revealed it to the world.
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#China🇨🇳 has reported to WHO 139 new cases of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in #Wuhan, #Beijing and #Shenzhen over the past two days.
This is the result of increased searching and testing for 2019-nCoV among people sick with respiratory illness.
For the first time, there are novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases reported outside of #Wuhan, within #China🇨🇳.
These cases were identified because of searching and testing for cases outside Wuhan.
WHO has provided advice to countries on how to identify people sick with the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how to care for them, and how to prevent spread.
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1/ It's terribly alarming that #HKGov barred Kenneth Roth from #HongKong for no reason. It well illustrates how #Hkgov now cooperates with #CCP to deliberately undermine our international human rights system.
2/ That is how #China’s global censorship regime works. First UK activist @benedictrogers, followed by reporters like @VJMallet and academics like @DanGarrett97, and now even US human rights advocates @KenRoth were denied entry.
3/ Bit by bit, #Beijing tightens its red line on #Hongkong, isolates this international city from the world, and puts #onecountrytwosystems in peril. The case is the best indicator of #Beijing ’s authoritarian expansion and weakening human rights situation in #China.
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1/ Congratulations to #Taiwan’s new President #TsaiIngWen @iingwen and also #DPP @DPPonline under her lead! 👏🏻#Taiwan2020 #TaiwanElection
2/ Also glad to know many young politicians can successfully take seats in the legislature, such as #DPP’s Lai Pin-yu, Hong Shen-hang, #TSP’s Chen Bo-wei, and Independent @FreddyLim. Unfortunately, it is really pity that @enoch_tw can't make it this time.
3/ Today is the day for the majority of #Taiwaneses to choose their fate, to safeguard their democracy and freedoms, and most importantly, to say no to #CCP's authoritarian invasion. People of #Taiwan also show the world their defiance of #Beijing’s lie of #onecountrytwosystems.
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In 1995, I took a month off work - was a Reuters correspondent in #Cairo - to go to #China for the UN Women’s conference. Being with feminists from around the world was heaven. To mark 25th anniversary this year, I’m planning on going to anniv events in Mexico City and Paris.
Other than my time at the NGO summit in Huairou and at the official convening in Beijing, I also went to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Chengdu. I tried to go to Tibet and Xinjiang but was barred because I’d been at the women’s conference.
This is 27yo me outside the Forbidden City in #Beijing
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Qassem Soleimani was killed in an air strike by the #US in #Baghdad. Equivalent to Jiang Zemin in #China, Soleimani was a dominant figure in the military, politics and oil industry of #Iran. Most of his family reside in #HongKong, #Shanghai and #Beijing.
#China’s Bank of Kunlun was established by Soleimani family in collaboration with the #CCP. The actual #Chinese main shareholders are Jiang Zemin, Wang Qishan, Meng Jianzhu (and Zhou Yongkang before jailed). Its asset has increased from $17 billion to $28 billion.
#Bank of Kunlun is a tool of #Iran’s Soleimani, Khamenei and the #CCP kleptocrats to launder money and evade the #US sanctions @robert_spalding @MischaEDM @WarrenPlatts @geoff_p_wade @DanRDimicco @Jkylebass @BenKTallmadge @IndoPac_Info @BoycottHegemony…
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For Christmas 2019, I skipped the usual festive celebration and instead received a holiday message from Ablimit, the #Uyghur father of four who lost contact with his family for the second time this year. We chatted a bit, and he sounded just tired and powerless.
Over the last year, I’ve had dozens of interviews or simply chats with overseas #Uyghurs who set aside their usual life and took on the mission of advocating for their missing families.
For all of them, repeated threats and harassments from #Beijing is nothing new, and having to actively engage with government officials as well as human rights organizations have become a new normal.
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#Beijing’s nightmare is coming true. #China is #Nato’s new communist target

Nato has always needed a common enemy and communist target. In China, it has both 👍…
As member states celebrated its 70th anniversary at a golf resort in Watford on the outskirts of London this month, Nato seemed to have found something to legitimise its existence once more. Another rising communist power is now in its sights: China.
It might take time for Nato to develop a coordinated China policy as its members’ strategic priorities & core national interests vary. While Washington’s focus is on the Indo-Pacific, EU nations’ concerns about China are more about economic, technological & cybersecurity threats.
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1-“This article is unique as it kills two "#China loving birds" with one stone ... #Kissinger & #Paulson ..”..“Paulson,like Kissinger,continues 2 ignore the multidimensional nature of China’s undeclared #coldwar against the United States and the West....…
2...4 example,US Senate panel recently criticized US science agencies 4 failing 2 respond 2 the threat posed by #China’s talent-recruitment programs.#Beijing’s involvement has allowed China 2 divert US gov’t funds & private-sector technology 2 advance its military&economic goals.
3..”Lenin & Stalin had their“useful idiots”in the West.#Mao Zedong,&successors up 2 &including Xi Jinping,have what might be called their useful ‘geniuses’.-What distinguishes #Trump administration from its predecessors is the recognition that decades of US engagement with China-
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The US just called for a vote on the outcome document of the ESCAP #Beijing+25 Ministerial review. It's absolutely appalling after days of negotiations that they would do this. They were the 1 country that did not agree with 1 para of the outcome. #womenwantsystemschange
China, Pakistan and Russia are imploring them to reconsider. Russia: "It's not characteristic of ESCAP. It jeopardizes the value of the document itself. This also places probably most of the delegations in an uncomfortable position." #Beijing25 #womenwantsystemschange
Russia: "We don't understand the reason for calling for a vote without asking for a vote without telling us the reasons for it. We really would not be in agreement on a vote in this document, we would like it to be adopted by consensus." #Beijing25 #womenwantsystemschange
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Latest for @dw_chinese - In the midst of the intense #HongKong coverage, I took some time off to follow up on the "confession" video of #Uyghurs released by @globaltimesnews on Sunday. I talked to two American Uyghurs targeted by that campaign, and here's what they told me -
@dw_chinese @globaltimesnews @Alfred_Uyghur and @ferkat_jawdat's mothers and uncles are all featured in the video, and Arfat told me that the Chinese government has been refusing to answer his questions about his parents' conditions since he started speaking out about their disappearance.
@dw_chinese @globaltimesnews @Alfred_Uyghur @ferkat_jawdat "My mom was detained in re-education camps from the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2019. Three months ago, I made a testimonial video, in which I talked about how I learned about my mom’s release from the camp and the life-threatening surgery that she received afterward."
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At 3:50 a.m. local time, 4 individuals dressed in black and wielding batons entered the print shop and warehouse of the #HongKong edition of @EpochTimes and set a fire.

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The telescopic batons carried by the thugs in the video are similar to those used by the #HongKongPolice. Two of the thugs who carried out the attack were dressed in black with masks, like the #HongKongProtesters.

This was apparently done in an effort to confuse…
…the situation, as this tactic fits a pattern we have seen in #HongKong. Police and thugs have pretended to be protesters, journalists, and citizens, and committed violence, including beatings and arson, then blamed the protesters in an attempt to discredit them.
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