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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 13.10.2023

China’s graft-busters to ‘delve deep’ in new round of corruption inspections

China has begun a new round of corruption inspections looking for “potential major risks”, soon after a months-long crackdown that focused on the financial, sports and medical sectors. Li Xi, chief of the country’s top graft-buster, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the CCDI would “delve deep” during the inspections that will target five government departments and 26 state-owned enterprises. The list of targets released by the CCDI after a meeting on Tuesday suggests a focus on the tech sector.

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Police round up Uyghurs from 2 villages before China’s National Day

Authorities apprehended more than 50 Uyghur villagers from two communities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region as part of a security operation in the run-up to the country’s National Day holiday, local officials said. On the eve of the Oct. 1 holiday, marking the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, authorities detained 44 people from Siyek village in Kériye county of Hotan prefecture and eight residents of Térim village in Peyziwat county, Kashgar prefecture.

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US condemns ‘forced repatriation’ of Chinese rights lawyer Lu Siwei from Laos

The United States denounced Wednesday the deportation of a prominent human rights lawyer from Laos to his native China, calling for details on his whereabouts and assurances on the ailing activist’s access to medical care. Lu Siwei was one of the lawyers appointed by families of a Hong Kong activist group that was intercepted by authorities in 2020 while attempting to flee the city by boat to Taiwan. But after being arrested by Laotian police while en route to Thailand in July, Lu was transported back to China last month, where he is likely to face legal repercussions, a rights group said. He is now being held at a detention facility in Sichuan, southwestern China, his family told Amnesty International.

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UN Human Rights Council Elections for 2024-2026 and the Responsibility to Protect

With the elections of Albania, Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Ghana, Japan and the Netherlands, 24 of the 47 Council members during 2024 will be “Friends of the Responsibility to Protect” – having appointed an R2P Focal Point and/or joined the Group of Friends of R2P in New York and Geneva. The HRC and its mechanisms and procedures all play an essential role in providing early warning of the risk factors that can lead to crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocide, and provide recommendations to prevent their recurrence.

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EU struggles to limit China's involvement in sensitive tech areas

The European Union is looking to tighten export and investment controls on sensitive tech as concern over the bloc's reliance on China grows. But an equally heavy reliance on Chinese trade and investment threatens to hinder efforts to "de-risk" its economy, as individual members have already found. The European Commission last week announced four key technologies that could become subject to more stringent oversight: advanced semiconductors, artificial Intelligence, quantum technologies and biotechnologies.

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After the United States placed Huawei on its Entity list, it did not end there. Donald Trump who was the sitting president at that time also exerted pressure on other European countries to take the same action against the Chinese tech giant. Although some nations were initially hesitant in this regard, a number of E.U nations have already taken steps in blocking Huawei from its 5G infrastructure. In June, Thiery Breton, the industry chief of the European Union urged all E.U nations to block Huawei and ZTE from their 5G telecoms networks. Last week, Germany became the latest country in E.U to propose a ban on the use of Huawei and ZTE equipment.

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China replaces ‘Tibet’ with ‘Xizang’ in latest diplomatic documents

China has replaced the use of the term “Tibet” with “Xizang” as the romanized Chinese name on official diplomatic documents, a recent speech by the Foreign Minister Wang Yi shows. The change comes as Chinese Communist Party scholars advocate an amendment to the translated name which they claim will prevent the Dalai Lama from re-establishing the right to speak about Tibet. They pointed out that the Party needed to promote its legitimate occupation and rule of the autonomous region.

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