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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 02.12.2022

EDITORIAL: How The World (sadly) Works

Back on the last day of October, that being Halloween, fifty United Nations member states issued a joint statement condemning the Chinese government’s oppression of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan. The United States and Ireland were among the fifty.

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RCMP investigating Chinese interference in Canadian affairs, Commissioner says

The RCMP is investigating broad foreign interference by China in Canadian affairs, says Commissioner Brenda Lucki, but she declined to detail precisely what type of activities are being probed by the federal police force.

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PM, leaders denounce U of O for banning cameras at Chinese ambassador's lecture

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among several Canadian leaders to criticize the University of Ottawa for banning cameras at an event with the Chinese ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, at one of its lecture halls on Monday — calling it an obstruction of the freedom of the press.

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Hong Kong: No more sham trials – publisher Jimmy Lai must be freed

Detained since December 2020, Lai was set to begin trial today, 1 December, for ‘collusion with foreign forces’ under Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law (NSL), imposed by China in 2020, which carries the maximum punishment of a life sentence. The trial has now been postponed until 13 December as Hong Kong awaits Beijing’s decision whether foreign lawyers can serve in national security cases.

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Chinese Users Play Cat-and-Mouse With Censors Amid Protests

Videos of hundreds protesting in Shanghai started to appear on WeChat on Saturday night. Showing chants about removing COVID-19 restrictions and demanding freedom, they would stay up only a few minutes before being censored. Elliot Wang, a 26-year-old in Beijing, was amazed.

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Uyghur Women Forced to Marry Han Chinese Men

Annie Guli is happy to marry a Han Chinese boy. That might be true, but it might also be that through her popular YouTube videos, she is one of the many, twenty-something Uyghur so-called “influencers” paid by the Chinese government to push a Xi Jinping “New Era” view of ethnic harmony in the Uyghur heartland.

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China's envoy called before minister multiple times to answer 'police stations' allegations

China's ambassador to Canada has been summoned multiple times to appear before the minister and answer allegations that his country is operating "so-called police stations" in Canada tasked with cracking down on Chinese dissidents.

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