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Japan eyes US-style law to sanction Uighur human rights abuses
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Japan eyes US-style law to sanction Uighur human rights abuses

Amid growing criticism, against China for its treatment of Uighur Muslims, Japan is weighing a legal foundation for sanctions similar to those imposed by the United States and Europe.The Japanese government has asked the local companies that operate in China whether functioning in Xinjiang province could get them into trouble.This comes after a report in March by the Australian Global Policy Institute indicated that around 11 Japanese companies were among the 82 well-known global brands which relied on factories that use forced Uighur laborers.The report indicated that more than 80,000 Uighur workers were transferred out of the Xinjiang region, where China's Uighur population is concentrated, to around 30 factories across the country.Companies in the report, including Fast Retailing, maker...
Bangladeshi Muslims form human chain, protest to show solidarity with Uyghurs
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Bangladeshi Muslims form human chain, protest to show solidarity with Uyghurs

In protest against the atrocities committed by the Chinese government on Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, Islamic scholars and Ulemas of Bangladesh formed a human chain on Thursday at the Dhaka National Press Club.Under the banner of ‘Uyghur Muslim Rights Council’ (Uyghur Musalmaner Odhikar Parishad), the protestors demanded political and religious rights for the persecuted Uyghur minority Muslims in China’s northwestern region called Xinjiang.“The Uyghur Muslims are persecuted by the Chinese government and they are not allowed to practice their Islamic faith by the Communist government of China,” said the protestors.The demonstration was part of Bangladeshi Muslims showing solidarity with their fellow Uyghur Muslims.Colourful placards depicting atrocities perp
Pakistani PM angers India with plan to change Kashmir status
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Pakistani PM angers India with plan to change Kashmir status

ISLAMAB - Pakistan’s prime minister has rekindled controversy with archrival India this week by pledging to make part of the Pakistani-administered Himalayan region of Kashmir officially part his country. Imran Khan’s pledge to declare the area of Gilgit-Baltistan — which is part of the Pakistani-ruled Kashmir — the fifth province of Pakistan promptly angered neighbouring India, which itself last year revoked decades-old semi-autonomous status for the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir. At the time, New Delhi divided the Muslim-majority region into two federally governed territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — touching off anger on both sides of the frontier. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government also annulled the region’s separate constitution. Indians will now be all
BECA-GI: A timely move reaffirming India’s position in the regional dynamics
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BECA-GI: A timely move reaffirming India’s position in the regional dynamics

On 27th October, during the recently concluded 2+2 ministerial meeting, India and the United States finally signed the ‘Basic Exchange & Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Intelligence’ (BECA-GI) marking the final part of the troika of foundational agreements that US usually transacts with close military allies. Having come to fruition amidst escalated tensions with China on the LAC, this momentous occasion was preceded by a notable addition to the ‘Malabar’ exercise with the US welcoming Australia to join the one to be held next month near India. LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement), the first of the three pacts to be signed in August 2016, allows the militaries of both countries to mutually replenish from each other’s bases. The access to each other’s land facilit
Japan protests to China for entering Japanese waters
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Japan protests to China for entering Japanese waters

Tokyo has lodged protests to Beijing over the entry of Chinese coast guard ships into Japan’s territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands and their refusal to move out for a third day Tuesday, Japanese officials said. The two Chinese ships entered the Japanese-claimed waters Sunday morning, appearing to approach a Japanese fishing boat carrying three crew members. They have remained there, ignoring repeated warnings and exit demands by the Japanese side, Japanese coast guard officials said. Chinese coast guard vessels routinely violate territorial waters around the Japanese-controlled southern islands of Senkaku, which China calls Diaoyu and also claims. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Tuesday that it was “extremely regrettable” that the two Chinese coast guard sh
China used ETIM’s designation as terrorist group for genocide of Uyghurs: Human rights group
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China used ETIM’s designation as terrorist group for genocide of Uyghurs: Human rights group

Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU), a non-profit human rights organization, has said that China used the designation of East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as a terrorist organization for the genocide of the Uyghurs and people have been falsely linked to the ETIM movement for expressing their ethnic identity and religious beliefs.CFU’s remarks came as it hailed the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to revoke the designation of ETIM from its terrorist list after nearly two decades that has led to the weakening of China’s anti-terror pretext for crackdown on Uyghurs in Xinjiang.“The integrity of this decision speaks volumes, and as the leadership of the Chinese regime has changed to a softer tone as it tries to suck up to what it views as the sure next US administration,” the CFU said
China’s COVID-19 vaccine trials suspended in Brazil after ‘severe incident’
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China’s COVID-19 vaccine trials suspended in Brazil after ‘severe incident’

Brazil's health regulator Anvisa has suspended clinical trials of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in the country following a "severe incident".On Monday, Anvisa said it had "ruled to interrupt the clinical trial of the CoronaVac vaccine after a serious adverse incident". It did not reveal what had happened, nor where it had taken place.It also did not give an indication of how long the suspension of the large late-stage trial of China's Sinovac coronavirus vaccine might last in Brazil.President Jair Bolsonaro hailed the suspension as a “victory” and said that their government would buy whatever coronavirus vaccine is certified by Anvisa.Writing on Facebook, the president said the halt of the CoronaVac trial was "another victory for Jair Bolsonaro".The vaccine, developed by Chinese firm Si
Pompeo, Esper to push Trump’s anti-China message in India
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Pompeo, Esper to push Trump’s anti-China message in India

WASHINGTON - Just a week before November’s election, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security aides will visit India for meetings focused largely on countering China’s growing global influence. As the bitter race between Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden winds down, the talks this week in New Delhi aim to reinforce the president’s anti-China campaign message. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper will meet their Indian counterparts for strategic and security talks on Tuesday, after which Pompeo will travel on to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia. All of them are contending with a tug-of-war between Washington and Beijing that has intensified as Trump seeks to paint Biden as weak on China. Trump has played up his friendship with Indian Pr
Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines
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Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

FRANKFURT - What will it take to get people flying again? International air traffic is down 92 per cent this year as travellers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult. One thing airlines believe could help is to have rapid virus tests of all passengers before departure. Scattered experiments on improving safety are under way around the world, and a UN organization is leading talks to set guidelines. There is a lot at stake. With no end in sight to the pandemic, the near total halt to international travel will hinder economies as they try to bounce back from recession and return to normal levels of business activity. Millions of jobs - at airlines, airports and travel related businesses such as hotels and restaurants - are affe...
What the pandemic taught us about food imports from China
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What the pandemic taught us about food imports from China

As the pandemic compelled the world to look eastwards and into its deep dungeons, a new issue was boiling underneath the chaos; how safe is the food that is being imported from China? With hundreds of videos that are doing their rounds across several platforms , showing the condition of the wet markets in China and its suburbs, the people across the globe have gone into a state of frenzy. Everybody is concerned about the safety of the imports from China, especially food. The greed for higher benefits in China's flourishing business sector economy, joined with the absence of viable assessment and law implementation, and the relinquishment of hygiene and cleanliness campaigns, have all added to the exacerbating circumstance of sanitation. China is presently reaping the outcomes. Thous...