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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 12.07.2022

China Exerting Growing Influence Over Global Tech Standards, UK Lawmakers Warn

The Chinese regime and other malign actors are trying to exert their influence over global technological standards, but the UK government’s response has been “incoherent and muted,” a committee of MPs has warned.

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Australia ‘won’t respond’ to China’s demands, says Anthony Albanese

Foreign Minister Penny Wong met with her Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Bali last week, where she said she had a “full and frank” discussion with Wang Yi. In response, China slapped bans and tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Australian exports, namely wine and barley.

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Falun Gong Practitioner Killed in China for a Liver

A former Japanese criminal gang member says he witnessed a patient being prepared for live organ harvesting in a Chinese hospital. He says he saw a Falun Gong practitioner, with tendons cut, before the man’s liver was carved out for a transplant. It comes as research published this April accuses Chinese surgeons of taking hearts out from inmates who were still alive.

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Uyghur rights activists organize protest against China's atrocities in Xinjiang

The Union of International East Turkestan NGOs and Uyghur Academy Foundation organized a day-long protest to highlight China's atrocities against the Uyghur community in Xinjiang

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China and 803 Collaborators in Forced and Slave Labor

Hundreds of multinationals and smaller companies are using forced or slave labour in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. For the moment, it is not clear how the Biden administration will react to such abhorrent employment practices.

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B.C. scholar with expired Chinese passport says renewing it could put personal safety at risk

A prominent Chinese human rights scholar working in Vancouver says her career and personal safety are at risk because of an expired passport and delays in Canada's immigration system. Guldana Salimjan is a postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University, who also directs the University of British Columbia's Xinjiang Documentation Project, a federally-funded program documenting the internment of ethnic minorities in China's Xinjiang region. The project has been referenced during debates in Parliament.

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Leaked files again point how China is changing lifestyles of Uyghur Muslims

According to the records, the camps and jails are overcrowded, and Beijing will bankroll more of each. This, according to Zenz, “demonstrates how closely and intimately the central government has been involved in this crime from the start”.

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