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The Weekly Brief

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Released on 04.11.2022

China buys up US technology to keep tabs on its citizens

Chinese public security entities have been acquiring U.S. technology with the transfers becoming increasingly regular, especially of DNA analysis equipment needed for mass surveillance, a new report has found.The report ‘The Role of US Technology in China's Public Security System’ by the U.S. intelligence and security research Insikt Group revealed the sweeping extent of technology transfers from U.S.

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Nets owner Joe Tsai reportedly tried to get Daryl Morey fired over tweet

Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai lobbied to have former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey fired over his controversial 2019 tweet supporting democracy in Hong Kong, a new report claims.Tsai, the Taiwanese-born billionaire who made his fortune as Jack Ma’s right-hand man when the two co-founded online retail giant Alibaba, leaned on the NBA to terminate Morey after he tweeted: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” ESPN reported.

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TikTok says staff in China can access UK and EU user data

The social media giant said the "privacy policy" was "based on a demonstrated need to do their job". It has come under scrutiny from authorities around the world, including the UK and US, over concerns data could be passed to the Chinese government. Earlier this week, a US official called for the app to be banned in America.

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Bridge Man Protest: ‘Extraordinarily Brave’

Human rights activist and singer Rahima Mahmut talks about the rare protest by the bridge man and his bravery to do this within China.

“We did not see a similar kind of a protest especially for this kind of one man protest, it is extremely brave” Rahima Mahmut said.

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Scholz Must Send a Clear Message on His Visit to Beijing

When German chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in Beijing this week, he will be the first G7 leader to visit China since the start of the pandemic. This trip has sparked controversy both at home and in the rest of Europe. The critics argue that it is time to break with Angela Merkel’s example: instead of deepening economic ties with authoritarian regimes, Germany and the EU should decouple from them.

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Can the US live in Xi Jinping's world?

Now as Mr Xi begins his third term, he faces an ongoing trade war with the US and a fresh attempt to deny China access to high-end American chip-making technology that, according to some commentators, is designed to slow China's rise "at any price". Beijing argues that the recent, marked chill in relations is being driven by America's desire to maintain its position as the pre-eminent world power.

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Tibet groups write to Dutch PM on Chinese intimidation of Tibetans

Three Tibet groups in the Netherlands have sent a letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte asking for a meeting to discuss the reports of Chinese police stations in the country, as well as official Chinese intimidation against Dutch citizens of Tibetan heritage and others.The letter, jointly sent by Dawa Tsering Tsalung of the Tibetan Community in the Netherlands, Tsering Jampa of the Tibet Support Group Netherlands and Wangpo Tethong of the International Campaign for Tibet Europe, refers to an increase in intimidation by Chinese authorities toward Tibetans living in the Netherlands.

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