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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 06.10.2023

Refreshed China-Germany deal helps Beijing keep economic foothold in West amid US-led decoupling

The weekend update of an economic deal between China and Germany offers Beijing a continued foothold in the West as it navigates around US-led economic decoupling, but the pact itself appears to lack any major strides in trade or investment. Stung by its five-year trade dispute with the United States, and recently by supply-chain-decoupling efforts spearheaded by Washington, China has tapped Germany for help by updating a financial cooperation agreement first inked in 2019.

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The US warns of a Chinese global disinformation campaign that could undermine peace and stability

For much of the world, China’s Xinjiang region is notorious, a place where ethnic Uyghurs face forced labor and arbitrary detention. But a group of visiting foreign journalists was left with a decidedly different impression. On a tour in late September sponsored by Beijing, the 22 journalists from 17 countries visited bazaars and chatted with residents over dates and watermelon slices. They later told state media they were impressed with the bustling economy, described the region as “full of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity,” and denounced what they said were lies by Western media.

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China: Don’t use human rights to ‘contain’ countries

Earlier this year, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) published a forward-looking strategic foreign policy assessment. The first of the three “big shifts” identified by the ministry was “a shift towards a ‘multipolar world’, characterised by a period in which rules are more contested and relative power between states assumes a greater role in shaping international affairs”. Multipolarity refers to an international system in which more than two great powers pursue their interests and compete for influence, but none can dominate the other. Multipolarity also often features “mini-laterals”, small groupings of states arranged around an issue or approach.

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Protest rallies taken out in Bangladesh demanding justice for Uyghurs in China

Protest rallies were taken out in Dhaka and other places demanding justice for Uyghurs in China's Xinjiang province, local Bangladesh media reported. The National Ulema Mashaikh Parishad (NUMP) of Bangladesh led these protests on Sunday, staging demonstrations at the North Gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, as reported by Dhaka Tribune, a Bangladeshi English-language daily newspaper. Their main objective was to condemn China for its alleged atrocities against the Uyghur Muslim minorities.

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Taiwanese companies are caught supporting Huawei to avoid the US veto

The launch of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro has been a real soap opera. Well, it really is because although it was released at the end of August, the story is far from over. And if the suspicions are confirmed, Huawei would have bypassed the veto imposed by the United States to be able to launch the terminal. This is something that could have severe consequences not only for China, but for four Taiwanese companies being investigated by their own government being suspected of violating international agreements promoted by the United States. It is a topic that has some issues, but don’t worry because we are going to analyze it in detail.

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Protesters in Tokyo target China on founding anniversar

As the People's Republic of China marked the 74th anniversary of its founding Sunday, minority communities along with Japanese supporters in Tokyo united in protest, demanding an end to alleged human rights abuses. Groups supporting Tibet, Uyghurs, Inner Mongolia, Hong Kong and Taiwan came together to condemn China over what they called repression, genocide and expansionist policies, which have fueled regional tensions since communist China’s inception. Daniel, a university student from Hong Kong who declined to give his full name, said reports of overseas Chinese police stations in Japan had instilled him with a sense of fear, but said it is his responsibility as a Hong Konger to continue fighting.

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UN rights experts voice concern over China's forced separation of Uyghur children

United Nations experts have expressed "grave concern" over allegations that China has expanded its state-run boarding school system in Xinjiang province, which has seen Uyghur and other minority Muslim children separated from their families. UN rights experts revealed on Tuesday that the children of families detained by the state are forced into boarding schools. Despite the Uyghur pupils having parents they were treated as orphans by the state and placed in full-time educational facilities where the dominant language of China, Mandarin, is almost exclusively used. This practice is happening on a massive scale, the experts said.

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