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Beijing fines and issues warning to 7-Eleven for listing Taiwan a separate country

Beijing has fined and issued a warning to 7-Eleven over its website listing Taiwan as a country and displaying maps it said contained erroneous borders for Xinjiang and Tibet. The Beijing municipal government fined the company 50,000 yuan ($7,842) for the “errors” including “wrongful act of assigning Taiwan province as an independent country”. It said […]

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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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Intel apologises for telling suppliers to avoid sourcing products or labour from Xinjiang

US chipmaker Intel has apologised to Chinese customers, partners and the public for telling its suppliers not to source products or labour from the region of Xinjiang, following a backlash in China. The company recently published what it described as an annual letter to suppliers, dated December, that it had been “required to ensure that […]

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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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China builds mock version of US military ship in remote desert

China appears to have built full-scale mock-ups of US warships in a desert in the country’s north-western Xinjiang region, satellite images show. One of the images by US space technology company Maxar, shows a structure shaped like a military aircraft carrier placed on rail tracks. USNI News, a site specialising in the US Navy, said […]

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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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China expands capacity to store and launch nuclear missiles, US scientists say

China is expanding its capacity to store and launch nuclear missiles, US scientists say. Satellite images from Xinjiang province in the west of the country suggest it is building a nuclear missile silo field, a report from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) says. US defence officials have expressed concern about China’s nuclear build-up. It […]

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China accuses several western clothing brands of selling goods that are harmful to children

China has accused several Western clothing brands of selling goods that could be harmful to children. A warning notice on the country’s customs administration website listed 81 items imported by companies including Nike, H&M and Zara. In March, China targeted foreign clothes retailers as an international backlash grows over claims of abuses in the cotton-growing […]

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Nancy Pelosi calls Biden, other world leaders to boycott Beijing 2022 Olympics

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for a US diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, criticizing China for human rights abuses and saying global leaders who attend would lose their moral authority. US lawmakers have been increasingly vocal about an Olympic boycott or venue change, and have lashed […]

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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 […]

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China’s treatment of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims is ‘among the greatest human rights abuses’: HRW

Beijing is responsible for ‘policies of mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution, among other offenses’ in the northwest region of Xinjiang, targeting Uighur ethnic minority and other Turkic Muslims, the Human Rights Watch has said in a new report. In a 53-page report, titled Break Their Lineage, Break Their Roots documented a “range of abuses” […]