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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 02.09.2022

Europe’s politicians (but not its businesses) speak out after UN report on China abuses

UN report gave detailed evidence of detention, sex crimes and family separation in the western region of Xinjiang

European reaction to a scathing U.N. report on Chinese human rights abuses lays bare a deep EU strategic vulnerability: While politicians can speak out against Beijing, companies are too exposed to China's massive market to do so.

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UN Human Rights Chief's report on Xinjiang, China: Foreign Secretary's statement

Liz Truss gave a statement after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report provided new evidence of China's human rights violations in Xinjiang.

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Uyghurs: China may have committed crimes against humanity in Xinjiang - UN

The UN has accused China of "serious human rights violations" in a long-awaited report into allegations of abuse in Xinjiang province.China had urged the UN not to release the report - with Beijing calling it a "farce" arranged by Western powers.

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Liz Truss will declare China an official threat for the first time

China will be classed as a “threat” to national security for the first time under plans by Liz Truss for a tougher approach to Beijing.The foreign secretary has promised to reshape foreign policy if she becomes prime minister. She has pledged to reopen the integrated review, published last year, which set out British priorities in diplomacy and defence over the next decade.

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China invests in US universities to build its surveillance state

It was recently revealed that Chinese tech giant Alibaba provided a $125,000 grant to Dinesh Manosha, a professor at the University of Maryland. The grant was for the development of a machine learning software that could “classify the personality of each pedestrian and identify other biometric features.” The software is designed to predict the behavior of pedestrians for surveillance purposes.

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Beijing officials could be dragged to The Hague for its brutal persecution of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang

A hard-hitting United Nations report which strongly condemns China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims held in Xinjiang's interment camps could lead to a criminal investigation in the Hague, it has been reported.The report could lead to the first International Criminal Court investigation into the alleged abuses, said a British barrister pursuing the case.

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Two Tibetan monks sentenced for possessing photos of Dalai Lama

Chinese authorities sentenced two Tibetan monks to at least three years in prison for possessing photos of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s foremost Buddhist spiritual leader who has been living in exile since 1959, RFA has learned.

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