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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 30.12.2022

Two Americans sanctioned by China say they don’t care

Two U.S. citizens sanctioned by China in retaliation for U.S. sanctions issued over rights abuses in Tibet say they don’t care and focus should remain on Beijing’s treatment of ethnic minorities. China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday announced sanctions against American historian Miles Yu and Todd Stein, a deputy staff director on the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Both are banned from traveling to China or contacting anyone there.

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CCP Works on an ‘Industrial Scale’ to ‘Capture Elites’ in Targeted Nations: Ex-Intelligence Officer

“The Chinese Communist Party engages in the practice of elite capture. They put an immense amount of energy, and an incredible number of resources into targeting countries that are important to them. We are top of that list. And [they are] turning the elite in these countries into their will,” said Sam Faddis, retired CIA officer and Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in an interview on China in Focus, a show on NTD TV, Epoch Times’ sister media.

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Xi Jinping’s grip on China is weaker than it seems

A perfect storm is brewing in China, and I predict it will break in 2023. If I am proven right, it will destroy President Xi Jinping, and bring an end to the political system he is determined to defend. Speaking to journalists on Dec. 7, the Chinese ambassador to France likened the wave of protests in China last month to the “colour revolutions” that have threatened or overturned governments in Soviet Eurasia and the Middle East in recent decades. He said they “smelled of a colour revolution.” Referring to the blank sheets of paper displayed by Chinese protesters, he commented, “White is a colour, too.”

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U.S.-listed Chinese tech companies cancel HK-listing plans -The Information

Major U.S.-listed Chinese companies, including Pinduoduo Inc (PDD.O) and Full Truck Alliance Co (YMM.N), have put discussions about a potential Hong Kong listing on hold, The Information reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The report comes after a U.S. accounting watchdog said it had full access to inspect and investigate firms in China for the first time ever, removing the risk that around 200 Chinese companies could be kicked off U.S. stock exchanges amid rocky relations between the world's largest economies.

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An Ummah-centric perspective on China–Saudi co-operation

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia reportedly culminated in the signing of 35 co-operation agreements worth over $30 billion, covering various sectors and areas of mutual interest, including trade, energy infrastructure, security, education, and foreign policy. The two countries also made a commitment to “domestic non-interference”, meaning that neither country will criticise the other’s human rights record.

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Lawyers exit Hong Kong as they face campaign of intimidation

Anonymous threats sent by text message and email. GPS tracking devices placed under a car, and Chinese “funeral money” sent to an office. Ambushes by reporters working for state-controlled media. Accusations of disloyalty in the press.

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The Human Rights Council’s failure to protect Uyghurs in China—for now

A brief analysis of the vote itself demonstrates the politics behind the Human Rights Council. After the publication of the OHCHR report, China gathered 28 signatures to join its statement condemning the document. During the vote, states including Eritrea, Cuba, and Venezuela joined China in voting no, citing sovereignty, non-interference, and double standards as justification.

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