The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.




Released on 01.07.2022






West Island MP seeks asylum for Uyghur refugees


The Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds-Dollard introduced a Private Member’s Motion in Parliament asking for asylum for the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims who have fled the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. Several countries, including Canada, accuse China of committing genocide against both of these groups, and Zuberi is asking the government to take in 10,000 refugees over the next two years.

Read more: thesuburban.com



Solar Products Detained Under New US-China Law, Analyst Says


US Customs and Border Protection detained products from the manufacturer and required documentation to detail the source of quartzite, a raw material in the firm’s supply chain, Roth Capital Partners analysts including Philip Shen said in a June 28 research note, without naming the company impacted.


Read more: bnnbloomber.ca



Apple CEO Sucks Up to China in Interview With State-Owned Media

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met this month with Chinese Communist Party members and propagandists who enable Beijing's mass surveillance, internet censorship, and other human rights abuses. Speaking on the sidelines of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Cook praised China's "innovative and inspiring" app developers in an interview with China Daily.

Read more: freebeacon.com



British MPs call for sanctions on Hong Kong, Chinese officials over breaches of handover agreement

A group of British lawmakers have called on the government to impose sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials who they say have undermined freedoms guaranteed under a treaty that resulted in Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese control a quarter-century ago.


Read more: scmp.com



Mourning Hong Kong’s Democracy


July 1, 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty from British to Chinese rule, and the city’s authorities will celebrate with an official ceremony and visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This curated image belies the Hong Kong government’s repression. National Security police intimidated the League of Social Democrats, the territory’s last active pro-democracy political party, into abandoning plans to protest.


Read more: hrw.org



Taiwan activist Lee Ming-Cheh says world pressure on his Chinese jailers helped him


Taiwanese NGO worker Lee Ming-Cheh was released from Chishan Prison in the central Chinese province of Hunan on April 15 after serving nearly five years for "attempting to subvert state power.” Lee, a course director at Taiwan's Wenshan Community College, was a lifelong activist for Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which Beijing vilifies as a separatist group that rejects China’s claim over the democratic island.

Read more: rfa.org



British MPs call for audit of property and assets held by Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials


A group of 110 British lawmakers have called on Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to conduct an audit of assets held in the United Kingdom by Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials linked to human rights violations in the former colony.

In a letter made public on Friday, the cross-party group of members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords urged Truss to examine property and other assets held by Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials in Britain as a "pathway to introducing targeted sanctions".

Read more: finance.yahoo.com