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Human Rights: special rapporteur for China?
With a motion for a future debate on China's human rights crimes in Xinjiang, supporters want to buy time to pave the way for a resolution. It would be the first resolution against China in the history of the Human Rights Council. The initiators are optimistic that the motion will be passed in Geneva next week. The long-term goal is to install a special rapporteur for the People's Republic. continue reading →
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New Silk Road could hit a dead end in Italy
The election result in Italy is bad news for Beijing: Giorgia Meloni's right-wing populist alliance is considering Italy's withdrawal from the New Silk Road. In addition, the election winner wants to step up relations with Taiwan. continue reading →
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Intimidation in Geneva: ‘They occupy the public space’
Wherever criticism of China is voiced during the 51st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, diplomats from the People's Republic are close. They hijack panel discussions with minute-long statements and take down the names of all opposing speakers. Through its influence on other UN bodies, the country denies accreditation to UN participants it does not want to speak out. Instead, Chinese organizations under the guise of independence increasingly claim more speaking time. continue reading →
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Editorial
What better way to symbolize the debate about the growing estrangement between the People’s Republic and foreign countries than by China’s chief epidemiologist’s recommendation to avoid physical contact with foreigners? It seems that decades of fighting for China’s friendship have been for naught when we are so categorically classified as a health risk. Friendship is […] continue reading →
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China’s lobby could prevent Xinjiang resolution
The 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva raises serious allegations against the Chinese government. But a possible resolution on human rights crimes in Xinjiang is unlikely. With years of lobbying, Beijing has rallied dozens of states to its side – and hopes that the Western coalition will begin to crumble. continue reading →
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Return to isolation
Officially, the Chinese government's position is to open itself to the world. In reality, however, it has launched a decoupling from the West on numerous levels, which is distancing the People's Republic further and further from the rest of the world economically, culturally and socially. A deliberate side effect is the continuously growing nationalism. continue reading →
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Xinjiang report sparks harsh reactions
In Germany, the UN report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang is causing harsh reactions. The German Foreign Office calls for the immediate release of all detainees, while human rights politicians demand a discussion about Volkswagen's involvement in the region. Beijing itself was blindsided by the directness of the accusations. continue reading →
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Bachelet’s last act: UN report on Xinjiang published
Michelle Bachelet presented the UN report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang at the end of her term in office. The document is a reckoning with the Chinese government, which tried to prevent its publication until the very end. The paper clearly goes beyond the rhetoric that she had usually displayed toward Beijing. continue reading →
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TikTok fears for its reputation
TikTok collects user data it does not need, censors content Beijing does not like, and connects to servers in the People's Republic of China. Nevertheless, the company sticks to its claim of being completely independent of the Chinese parent company ByteDance. In order to credibly convey this, internal guidelines give PR employees an arsenal of standard statements. continue reading →
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Apple Daily: Jimmy Lai pleads not guilty
Six high-ranking employees of the defunct Hong Kong daily Apple Daily accept charges of conspiring with foreign forces based on the National Security Law. Only its founder, renowned government critic Jimmy Lai, pleaded not guilty at a public hearing in the city’s High Court on Monday. Prosecutors accuse the seven journalists of openly inciting foreign […] continue reading →
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Xu Lin – Workaholic in the service of propaganda
The Chinese propaganda apparatus currently has plenty of work on two fronts. The party congress is coming up in the fall. It is only helpful if the vast majority of citizens are convinced that the promised “common prosperity” is still a realistic goal. However, parts of the international community are increasingly skeptical about the People’s […] continue reading →
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Uyghur lobby files lawsuit in Argentina
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) are seeking to hold the former party secretary of the Xinjiang region accountable for genocide. On Wednesday, the advocacy coalition filed a lawsuit in an Argentine court against Chen Quanguo and other Chinese Communist Party officials. They include European Union-sanctioned senior party cadres […] continue reading →
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‘Forms of slavery’ in Xinjiang and Tibet
For months, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has been delaying the publication of a report on the situation of the Uyghurs in China. Now Special Rapporteur Tomoya Obokata reacted first and made serious accusations against the government in Beijing. The timing is delicate. Just last week, the People's Republic ratified two conventions against forced labor. continue reading →
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Solar congestion at US Customs due to forced labor law
Following the introduction of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), solar products from Xinjiang are piling up at US customs. Modules with a capacity of more than three gigawatts have been delayed at the border by the agency since the end of June because importers have not yet been able to provide the necessary […] continue reading →
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Appeal in MeToo case rejected
An appeals court in Beijing has rejected the appeal of the complainant in China’s most high-profile MeToo case. The No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court referred to the lack of new evidence in the harassment case of 29-year-old Zhou Xiaoxuan. The court thus upheld the decision of the Haidian People’s Court, which had rejected the case […] continue reading →
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Hong Kong eases entry requirements
Hong Kong will reduce the period of mandatory hotel quarantine after arrival from seven to three days. The new regulations, which are aimed at providing a middle ground between economic productivity and the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus, will take effect next Friday. Under the new rules, all passengers will only have to […] continue reading →
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Further exercises off Taiwan’s coast
The Chinese military continued its drills around Taiwan on Monday. The eastern People’s Liberation Army forces announced they would conduct further anti-submarine and maritime defense drills off the island. Originally, the military had announced a four-day drill up to and including Sunday in the waters around Taiwan. The continuation is seen as a renewed threatening […] continue reading →
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‘Xi Jinping is trying to save face with these maneuvers’
Taiwan is paying for Nancy Pelosi's visit with a series of Chinese naval drills near its coasts and with Chinese sanctions against its export sector. Taiwan's representative in Germany, Shieh Jhy-wey, says it was still worth it. For his country, it was a matter of survival. Moreover, the world has seen that Chinese threats are by no means always fulfilled. Marcel Grzanna spoke with Shieh. continue reading →
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