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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 10.02.2023

Australia strips Chinese-made security cameras from defence sites

Australia’s Department of Defence will strip its buildings of Chinese-made security cameras to ensure they are “completely secure”, the government says.The decision to remove the camera equipment follows similar decisions in the United States and the United Kingdom, which have also taken measures to ban Chinese-made cameras at sensitive sites fearing Chinese companies could be forced to share intelligence with Beijing’s security services.

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China Willing to Restart Trade Dialogue With Australia After Talks

Last month, Chinese officials relaxed import bans on Australian coal as both countries work to improve diplomatic relations after more than two years of Chinese trade restrictions on a range of Australian exports including barley, lobster and wine. The Chinese statement said Australia was also willing to work with China to enhance mutual trust and resolve differences through candid dialogue.

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Wang Jiafang: Falun Gong Professor of Mathematics Persecuted for 23 Years

The family of Professor Wang Jiafang, a Falun Gong practitioner, has been informed that her appeal has been rejected and she should remain in jail until September 9, 2025. She had been sentenced in July 2022 to a jail term of four years by the Liwan District Court of Guangzhou city, in Guangdong province, for being active in a movement banned as a xie jiao

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Chairman of "Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region" to visit UK for Beijing's propaganda

According to the British Foreign Office, Erkin Tuniyaz – the current chairman of The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, sanctioned by the US for his role in the persecution of Uyghurs – is planning to visit the UK next week, followed by trips to other European countries to discuss the situation in Xinjiang, the Guardian reports. Members of the Inter-parliamentary alliance on China (IPAC) called the visit “incomprehensible”.

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U.S. Weighs Sanctions for Chinese Companies Over Iran Surveillance Buildup

The U.S. is considering new sanctions on Chinese surveillance companies over sales to Iran’s security forces, officials familiar with the deliberations said, as Iranian authorities increasingly rely on the technology to crack down on protests. U.S. authorities are in advanced discussions on the sanctions, according to the officials, and have zeroed in on Tiandy Technologies Co., a surveillance-equipment maker based in the eastern Chinese city of Tianjin whose products have been sold to units of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a hard-line paramilitary group.

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Protests in Bangladesh over China’s persecution of Uyghur Muslims

A series of protests were held across Bangladesh to mark the anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre, the local media reported, adding that activists highlighted Chinese atrocities and ongoing genocide against minorities, predominantly Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province. This is an important day marking the 26th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre that took place in 1997 when Chinese forces allegedly killed and imprisoned thousands of innocent Uyghurs while they were participating in a peaceful demonstration in Ghulja in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) demanding religious and cultural freedom and equal rights.

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Poetry Against Mass Atrocities: Poets Compare Notes on Jewish, Uyghur, and Other Genocides

Aziz Isa Elkun, barely thirty years old when he was exiled to London from East Turkestan, now the beleaguered Xinjiang “autonomous region” of North West China, first learned about the Holocaust through reading Anne Frank’s diary when he came to England. Ignorant of Jewish history growing up in China, he is heartbroken that his people too are forced to commemorate the Memorial Day with an even heavier heart against the backdrop of their own genocide in his homeland.

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