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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 24.02.2023

How China’s Uyghurs Are Marginalized and Subjugated by the State

For most Uyghurs in our homeland, the late 1980s and 1990s brought both an economic boom to the region and catastrophic unemployment. This might seem conflicting, but underlying that growth were Han-run companies and Han-run government projects, and very little of the wealth that was generated trickled out into the Uyghur community. Instead of hiring Uyghurs, bosses would bring in Han workers from China to work on construction crews, energy industry projects, and road building.

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TikTok Banned on EU Executive Staff Devices

The European Commission has banned its staff from using the TikTok app on their work-issued devices from March 15 because of cybersecurity concerns, widening across the Atlantic a patchwork of bans affecting U.S. government employees.The move, which would affect thousands of employees of the European Union’s top executive body, comes as officials in Europe and the U.S. scrutinize TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., over security concerns.

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Canadian military found Chinese monitoring buoys in the Arctic

The Canadian military found and retrieved Chinese monitoring buoys in the Arctic this past fall, a development whose public exposure adds another item to a list of pressing concerns about Beijing’s interventions in Canadian affairs, including interference in recent federal elections.The buoys were spotted by the Canadian Armed Forces as part of Operation Limpid, a continuing effort to provide early detection of threats to Canada’s security.

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The growing Chinese space threat

The recent Chinese spy balloon scare has attracted the attention of a bipartisan coalition in Congress, which is concerned about just how robust China’s satellite and intelligence operations are. Satellites impact all aspects of American day-to-day life whether it be transport, power, banking systems, communications, simply watching breaking news and, of course, security. These space-based capabilities also enable the U.S. to project power, collect intelligence and ensure security.

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Germany and China clash over west’s supply of weapons to Ukraine

The German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, clashed with Chinese diplomats on Thursday, passionately rejecting their claim that the west was adding fuel to the fire by arming Ukraine. Baerbock said it was time for China to tell Russia to stop its aggression. The deputy Chinese envoy to the UN, Dai Bing, insisted the west was worsening the situation by arming Ukraine, saying: “Adding fuel to the fire will only exacerbate tensions”.

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Uyghurs at White House Ask Biden to Denounce Genocide in Xi Meeting

Biden and Xi met on Monday in Bali, Indonesia, where this year’s G20 summit will begin tomorrow. Neither Biden’s public comments nor the White House readout of their hours-long meeting indicated any substantive grappling with China’s genocide of Muslim ethnic groups in East Turkistan, a region the Communist Party refers to as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The White House claimed Biden mentioned “Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly” without elaborating.

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China’s Latest Security Strategy Urges Support for UN Centrality, WHO, World Peace

China on Tuesday released the Global Security Initiative (GSI) Concept Paper, which proposes Beijing’s solutions for solving security challenges.The paper suggests the formation of more international platforms to facilitate cooperation on addressing security challenges in areas such as counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, biosecurity and emerging technologies. Additionally, it encourages more exchanges among university-level military and police academies, and outlines China’s willingness to provide developing countries with 5,000 training opportunities over the next five years.

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