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US imposes sanctions on senior Chinese officials over Uighur abuses

Mike Pompeo says US ‘will not stand idly by’ over abuses of ethnic minorities in China’s western region of XinjiangThe United States has imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist party, including a member of the ruling politburo, for alleged human rights abuses targeting ethnic and religious minorities in the western part...

'This is intolerable': fearful Australians in Hong Kong hasten plans to leave city

Expats say they feel insecure about living somewhere ‘where the walls have ears’ • Australia’s Hong Kong intervention was hardly strident but that didn’t matter to ChinaAustralian expats in Hong Kong are feeling jittery about their future after Beijing imposed a new national security law that could lead to foreigners being arbitrarily detained. They...

Australia's Hong Kong intervention was hardly strident but that didn't matter to China

Scott Morrison seems at pains to play down his diplomatic response to the new security laws, focusing on economic opportunities Even as he moved to offer some certainty to Hongkongers who fear for the future of the city under China’s new national security law, Scott Morrison seemed at pains to play down the significance of his own announcement.The Australian...

The Guardian view on Britain and China: fasten your seatbelts | Editorial

The UK and other countries are reshaping their approach to Beijing. It’s going to be bumpyFive years ago George Osborne, then chancellor, promised a golden decade for Sino-British relations. The sheen was always deceptive, and the decade has ended prematurely. In April, Dominic Raab remarked that there could be no return to business as usual. Now the...

China has shown it is willing to pay the economic price of suppressing Hong Kong | James Lim

Now that it has its own financial hubs on the mainland, Beijing may be prepared to risk the fate of its golden gooseLast week, the Chinese government passed a broad national security law criminalising dissent in Hong Kong. While the law has already had a chilling effect on protests, the consequences for Hong Kong’s economy are unclear. Since 1 July,...

China accuses Australia of 'gross interference' after offer of safe haven for Hong Kong visa holders

Prime minister Scott Morrison cancels extradition treaty citing the new national security law as ‘a fundamental change of circumstances’China has accused Australia of “gross interference” after Scott Morrison granted a range of visa holders from Hong Kong a five-year extension and suspended an extradition treaty with the city.The prime minister announced...

The Australian government’s concern about TikTok is not just about data ethics – it's about politics | Samantha Floreani

There are good reasons to be concerned about TikTok, but it should be part of a larger conversation around privacy and surveillance capitalism While commenting on calls to ban TikTok this week, Scott Morrison said it’s “right for people to have an increased awareness of where these platforms originate and the risks they present”.In the same breath,...

UK universities urged to adopt risk management strategy with China

Accusations of self-censorship regarding work on China have intensified in recent years, say academicsUniversities in the UK have been urged to adopt a risk management strategy for any dealings with China amid concerns that academics are self-censoring because of fears about the consequences of offending the Chinese authorities.Kerry Brown, professor...

Australian experts raise security concerns about Chinese maker of Andrew Forrest Covid-19 tests

Health minister downplays risks of data breach but experts say discussion of BGI must consider human rights concernsExperts and human rights groups have raised new concerns about the Chinese company at the centre of Andrew Forrest’s Covid-19 testing deal following California’s reported rejection of its equipment due to security concerns.The Australian...

Lord Patten: Trump's re-election would hurt efforts to stand up to China

Ex-governor of Hong Kong tells Tory lobby group an alliance is needed to protect rule of lawThe re-election of Donald Trump will make it harder to form an effective alliance to prevent China from destroying the rule of law, the former governor of Hong Kong Lord Patten has said.Speaking to the increasingly influential China Research Group (CRG), a Conservative...

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