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Tesla criticised in United States for opening showroom in China’s controversial Xinjiang region

Electric car maker Tesla has been criticised in the US after opening a showroom in China’s controversial Xinjiang region. The company, headed by billionaire Elon Musk, opened the showroom in the city of Urumqi on New Year’s Eve. However, the move has been welcomed by some in China. China has been accused of slavery and […]

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Drone maker DJI and seven other Chinese companies blacklisted in the United States

The United States has added drone maker DJI and seven other Chinese companies to an investment blacklist, raising even more pressure on businesses in the world’s second largest economy. The US Treasury Department announced on Thursday that it has placed investment restrictions on the firms due to their roles in facilitating human rights abuses against […]

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Australia joins United States in diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Australia will join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision was in response to “human rights abuses” in China’s Xinjiang province and “many other issues that Australia has consistently raised”. Athletes would still attend, he added. China has condemned the US announcement […]

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Australian University wants ‘unethical’ facial recognition study of Uyghur minority group be retracted

An Australian university is calling for a controversial facial recognition study by an ex-faculty member to be retracted by its publisher. The research, which was co-funded by China, used facial recognition software to identify members of the Uyghur minority group. But Curtin University said the study breached ethics guidelines, with the subjects not giving informed […]

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Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province forced to make solar panels, report claims

China is using forced labour from Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province for the production of solar panels, a new investigation has found. China Xinjiang province produces about 45% of the world’s supply of a key component, polysilicon, the research by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University says. The report says the material is obtained under a […]