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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 19.07.2022

'Islam In China Must Be Chinese'

Chinese President Xi Jinping has directed officials to beef up efforts to support the principle that Islam in China must be Chinese in orientation and that every religion in the country should adapt to the socialist society pursued by the ruling party.

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Companies Must Clean Up Supply Chains Under Uyghur Forced Labor Law, Legislators Say

Two congresswomen made a bipartisan call for companies to take action to comply with a newly operative U.S. law intended to block the import of goods made with Uyghur forced labor.

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Why is the Uyghur population shrinking?

After becoming the Communist Party of China’s chief of Xinjiang province in 2016, Chen Quanguo oversaw a security crackdown that led to a drop in births so sharp that it shocked the world.Some observers accused China’s leadership of committing genocide against the province’s mostly Muslim Uyghur population through forced sterilization and abortion.

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Uyghur Poems From a Chinese Prison

Abduweli Ayup, a Uyghur linguist based in Norway and a friend of Imin’s, told me that prior to her detention, she had self-published a series of poems inspired by One Thousand and One Nights online. Like the character Scheherazade, who tells a story each night to forestall her execution, Ayup said, Imin believed that “her poetry would save her” somehow from erasure.

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Two Books Decry the Uyghur Tragedy in China

The name Xinjiang was slapped on the Uyghur homeland in 1884, after its conquest by China’s last imperial dynasty. Located in the vastness of Central Asia, closer to Kashmir than Beijing, the region used to be called East Turkestan.

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In a joint press conference in Sydney, the US energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, and the Australian climate change and energy minister, Chris Bowen, announced a “net zero technology acceleration partnership”, including an initial focus on long-duration energy storage and digitising power grids.

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Tony Blair urges western powers to stand up to China

Tony Blair has issued a rallying call to western nations to come together to develop a coherent strategy to counter the rise of China as “the world’s second superpower”.

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