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The Weekly Brief

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Released on 13.01.2023

UK vows no let-up with China after intervention in case of jailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai

Britain will stand up to “Chinese aggression” and defend Hong Kong’s freedoms, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vowed Wednesday after his government intervened in the case of jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai. Minister for Asia Anne-Marie Trevelyan met the pro-democracy figure’s legal team on Tuesday, prompting an angry response from the Hong Kong government.

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FBI seeks victims of China's overseas pressure campaign

The FBI is using ads on Facebook to seek out Chinese language speakers in the U.S. who have been harassed or digitally stalked by malicious Chinese government actors, Axios has learned. It's the latest step in a months-long effort to root out what law enforcement calls "transnational repression" by Beijing. Over the last year, the FBI has arrested or charged a host of U.S. residents and Chinese intelligence officials as part of a nationwide crackdown.

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Hong Kong should change law to bar overseas lawyers from security trials, says national security committee

A committee on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong has urged the city’s government to change the law as quickly as possible so it can ban a British lawyer from representing former pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai at his security trial. The Committee for Safeguarding National Security said after a meeting on Wednesday night that it “supports the HKSAR Government to introduce amendments to the Legal Practitioners Ordinance as soon as possible.”

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Forced Labor: The Ugly Truth About Solar Panels

"By refraining from buying Chinese goods as much as possible, you can help the Uyghurs being forced to labor." Mr Gheyret Kenji became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 2008. His words, calling for an end to Chinese forced labor, were quoted in a book co-authored by critic Kotaro Miura and the Japan Uyghur Association titled Nihonjin Ni Natta Uyghur Jin Tachi ni Chugoku ga Yatteirukoto (Sankei Shimbun Publishing, 2022). It means "What China is Doing to Uyghurs Who Became Japanese Citizens."

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Hong Kong accuses UK of ‘attempting to undermine’ rule of law after Jimmy Lai’s lawyers meet with British minister

The Hong Kong government has said it “strongly opposes interference” from the UK government, after a team of lawyers working for jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai reportedly met with a minister from the UK foreign office. The statement, released on Tuesday night, came after Lai’s UK counsels reportedly requested a meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ahead of a high-profile national security case against the founder of defunct pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily

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US Indicts Chinese Student in Democracy Case

A Chinese national who has been studying in Boston has been indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury for allegedly stalking and threatening another Chinese citizen for posting fliers that support democracy in China. The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that 25-year-old Xiaolei Wu, a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, was indicted on one count of cyberstalking and one count of interstate transmissions of threatening communications. He was arrested in December on a single count of stalking.

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Uyghurs facing genocide, held in concentration camps: Rushan Abbas

Her elder sister Gulshan Abbas was taken hostage by the Chinese from her home in Urimichi in the Xianging Uyghur Autonomous province in September 2018. While the Chinese administration did not admit of taking her as a hostage at first, in December 2020, the Chinese foreign ministry acknowledged that she was under arrest and confirmed that harsh charges were slapped on her sentencing her for 20 years. Rushan and her family don't know whether Gulshan Abbas is alive or not ever since being taken into custody by the Chinese.

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