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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 28.10.2022

Uyghur activists sue UK government over Xinjiang cotton imports

Uyghur rights activists are suing the UK government over its failure to investigate imports of cotton products made using forced labour from Xinjiang, in a move that will increase pressure on companies sourcing from the Chinese region.

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New pro-China disinformation campaign targets 2022 elections: Report

Researchers at Google-owned Mandiant said in a report Wednesday that they've detected a group attempting to sow division in the U.S. and "operating in support of the political interests of the People’s Republic of China."

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RCMP investigating Chinese 'police' stations in Canada

The RCMP says it's investigating Chinese "police" stations in Canada. This comes after the Spain-based human rights group Safeguard Defenders reported that more than 50 exist worldwide, including three in the Greater Toronto Area in predominantly Chinese communities.They include a residential home and single-storey commercial building in Markham and a convenience store in Scarborough.

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German go-ahead for China's Cosco stake in Hamburg port unleashes protest

The German cabinet allowed China's Cosco to buy a stake in a terminal in the country's largest port on Wednesday in a decision pushed through by Chancellor Olaf Scholz that triggered unprecedented protest within the governing coalition.

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China using illegal police bases in Netherlands to target dissidents, say reports

The Dutch government has said it is investigating reports that Chinese police forces have illegally opened at least two stations in the Netherlands since 2018, using them in part to keep tabs and put pressure on overseas dissidents.

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Chinese celebrities rush to defend Beijing's Xinjiang policy by cutting ties with international brands

Due to China's tight restrictions on free speech, most of the country's stars have been outwardly apolitical by default. But as China embraces a new wave of apparent nationalism -- promoted by the ruling Communist Party and amplified by state media -- it seems staying silent is no longer a viable option.

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China accused of using fake influencers to deflect criticism of its treatment of Uyghur Muslims

Now, a recent report titled ‘Frontier influencers: the new face of China’s propaganda’ and released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), has exposed how China’s state government uses the vloggers to spread propaganda and strengthen government messaging.

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