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China makes COVID-19 anal swab tests mandatory for foreigners

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The Chinese government is now mandating that foreign travelers take an anal swab COVID-19 test before entering the country, The Times of UK reports.

The swab tests were earlier used on American diplomats in China in an “error,” according to the State Department.

“The State Department never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff were subject to it,” a State Department spokesperson told VICE World News late last month.

“We have instructed staff to decline this test if it is asked of them, as was done in the past,” the spokesperson continued.

The U.S. government and others, like the Japanese government, have complained that the test is “undignified.”

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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea

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The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.

The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.

According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

 

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