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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 10.03.2023

US adds Chinese genetics firms to trade blacklist over surveillance allegations

The United States on Thursday added two subsidiaries of Chinese genetics company BGI to a trade blacklist over allegations it conducted genetic analysis and surveillance activities for Beijing, which Washington says was used to repress ethnic minorities in China. The US Department of Commerce, which oversees export controls, said in a statement that BGI Research and BGI Tech Solutions (Hongkong) “present a significant risk of diversion to China’s military programs.”

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The greatest propaganda campaign in human history

Apparently, in 2017, China incarcerated between 1 and 5 million Xinjiang residents, except there’s no logistics to provide for the movement and incarceration of this many people, so that was impossible. When those claims were discredited, they softened the allegations, yet 150 million tourists a year went to engage with local culture, eat local foods and they saw local language and the religion of Islam were widely practiced so, it wasn’t “cultural genocide”.

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Relatives 'Held Hostage': Ethnic Kazakhs Fear Chinese Persecution After Settling Abroad

A naturalized Kazakh citizen, Raqyzhan Zeinolla made what he thought would be a brief visit in 2004 to see relatives in his native Xinjiang region in northwestern China. But the short trip turned into a 17-year nightmare for him and his family. Soon after arriving in Xinjiang, Zeinolla was thrown into prison, where he languished for 13 years before being put in a reeducation camp and, later, under house arrest on dubious espionage charges.

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UN Wants Action from China on Human Rights Concerns

United Nations rights chief Volker Turk on Tuesday demanded action from Beijing to address “grave concerns" over the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang province. Turk has been under pressure from Western nations and rights organisations to take a firm stand on Xinjiang following a bombshell report by his predecessor which cited possible crimes against humanity in the far-western region. The UN is concerned about the protection of minorities such as the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and Tibetans, Turk said in his speech to the first UN Human Rights Council session of the year.

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Uyghur teacher confirmed detained in Xinjiang for work on literature textbooks

Setiwaldi Kerim was passionate about teaching Uyghur literature at a middle school in Atush, in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, where he worked his entire career. He even collaborated with a group of educators who specialized in the Turkic language spoken by the more than 11 million inhabitants of the region to work on literature textbook project for middle-school and high-school students. Kerim worked with other scholars under the leadership of Sattar Sawut, the head of Xinjiang’s Education Bureau.

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Volkswagen’s Xinjiang Plant Is No Longer Making Cars Amid Human-Rights Concerns

Volkswagen AG’s agreement 11 years ago to build a new car plant in the remote northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang with a Chinese partner was trumpeted by leaders in both countries as a boost to German-Sino economic ties.Today, the project is a headache for the German car maker, a source of criticism in Germany for its presence in a Chinese region where Western human-rights activists and politicians allege authorities use Muslim Uyghurs as forced labor.

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Hunter Biden-Linked Company Developing Technology For ‘Slave Labor’ Camps In Xinjiang.

A Chinese energy company financially linked to Hunter Biden, the son of the President of the United States, developed technology to improve cotton harvesting in Xinjiang, an industry that relies on Chinese Communist Party forced labor.The invention – a thin film to cover fields – was created by the Biden-linked Chinese state-owned enterprise Sinopec and helped defend cotton from unfavorable climate conditions and weeds, according to The Global Times.

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