How CNN Makes Fake News about Xinjiang

A cemetery in Xayar, NW #China ‘s #Xinjiang #Uygur Autonomous Region, has recently become a bone of international contention. #CNN reported that graveyards in the region were being demolished by authorities, highlighting stories such as that of Aziz Isa Elkun, a Uygur poet now residing in London, who had said he couldn’t find his father’s grave on Google Maps. So a crew from CGTN decided to find out if there was any truth to
| China, Disinformation, Fake News |

Huawei’s human rights record needs scrutiny before Britain signs 5G contracts

By   Tom Tugendhat The debate about Huawei’s involvement in our key 5G infrastructure has so far focused on the national security risks. These are considerable – both the US and Australia have registered serious concerns, with the US threatening to stop sharing security with the UK if our deal goes ahead. But Huawei’s human rights record has been notably absent from discussion. It is vital that we do our human rights due diligence on companies
| HKFP Voices, Law & Crime, Politics & Protest |

Uyghur Real Estate Magnate Confirmed Jailed Along With Brothers, at Least 20 Employees

The Uyghur head of a successful real estate firm in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and two of his brothers have been confirmed jailed on charges including “extremism,” along with at least 20 of his employees, according to official sources. Ekber Imin, the 51-year-old head of the Guzel Makan (Beautiful Land) Real Estate firm, as well as several other companies, in the seat of the XUAR’s Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture went missing in mid-2018, a Uyghur
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Before & After: Satellite images reveal China's wrecking of Muslim cemeteries

Before & After: Satellite images reveal China's wrecking of Muslim cemeteries In Aksu City, a park named "Happiness" was built over a Uyghur graveyard, accompanied by a manmade lake, rides, and fake pandas. January 16th, 11:27 am January 16th, 11:30 am Razan Mneimneh A picture from July 2, 2015 (left) of a graveyard in Aksu, Xinjiang province, and the same view on April 25, 2018 with the graveyard wiped out
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China launching ‘most intense attack’ on int’l rights – Human Rights Watch

By Peter Hutchison China is using its economic and diplomatic might to carry out the “most intense attack” ever on the global system for protecting human rights, a leading campaign group said on Tuesday, sparking a furious response from a Chinese official. Human Rights Watch made the allegation in its annual report, launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York two days after executive director Kenneth Roth was barred from entering Hong Kong to release it
| Defence & Foreign Policy, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

HRW Report: China an Increasing “Global Threat to Human Rights”

Human Rights Watch has released their 30th annual “World Report” review of human rights by country . In the introduction to this year’s report, HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth wrote on the global threat to human rights that China’s government poses , warning that if left unchallenged, “Beijing’s actions portend a dystopian future in which no one is beyond the reach of Chinese censors, and an international human rights system so weakened that it no longer serves
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Targeted by Chinese Smear Campaign, Uyghur Leader Learns of Father’s Death

Dolkun Isa, the president of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) exile group, is used to being on the receiving end of hostile Chinese propaganda campaigns, but the latest state media slander story carried sad news: His father had passed away. The news came in a Jan. 10 report by the Global Times , a nationalistic tabloid, slamming the WUC and Isa personally in what the Munich-based group said showed China’s growing frustration with his success in raising the
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Indonesia uses drones to count mosques to 'monitor radicalisation'

A government-led project aims to create a census of mosques from across Indonesia as part of efforts to tackle radicalisation. Indonesia is using drones to count the number of mosques in the Muslim-majority country in an effort to monitory potential radical hotspots. Fakhry Affan leads a government team of 1,000, colloquially dubbed “Mosque Hunters’ who use drones to take pictures of these places of worship across Indonesia and its islands, including Sulawesi island. The team,
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‘LOL!’: China’s informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

by Jing Xuan Teng Chinese diplomacy has found a new voice on Twitter — and it’s not entirely diplomatic. The communist government has recently embraced the social media platform — despite blocking it within China — deploying its foreign ministry and a growing army of diplomats to tout or defend its policies to a global audience. One diplomat posts artistic selfies in Nepal, China’s envoy in South Africa quotes Western poetry alongside pictures of sunsets
| Politics & Protest, Science & Technology, SinoBeat |

Interview: ‘As Human Beings, Everyone Should Care About This Issue’

Feroza Aziz, a 17-year-old Muslim-American high school student, posted a 40-second video about eyelash curling on the Chinese social media app TikTok in November as a ruse to discuss China’s oppression and maltreatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority. The video begins as a tutorial for creating longer lashes, but Aziz abruptly shifts into a discussion of the plight of the Uyghurs to draw public attention to their situation in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region. The video, which quickly went viral, was
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The silence of the British left on Hong Kong

Jeremy Corbyn appears to have devoted more time to tending vegetables than voicing his thoughts on the fight of Hong Kongers against the erosion of their rights and freedoms. The Hong Kong protests are the defining freedom struggle of our time. Young pro-democracy activists are risking their lives to square up to an opaque authoritarian regime that censors, imprisons and oppresses millions.
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What the US Wants in the Near East: an Interview With The Saker

This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via AP) The Saker: Trump has been accused of not thinking forward, of not
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U.S. Commission Calls Xinjiang Detentions “Crime Against Humanity”

In their annual report assessing human rights conditions in China in 2019 , the Congressional-Executive Commission on China called the detention of Uyghurs in Xinjiang a “crime against humanity,” while also presenting findings and recommendations on a host of other human rights issues including freedom of expression , workers’ rights , women’s rights , the ongoing protest movement in Hong Kong , civil society , Tibet , and more. From
| China & the World, Human Rights, Law |

Uyghurs in Xinjiang Ordered to Replace Traditional Décor With Sinicized Furniture

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are ordering Uyghurs to “modernize” the interiors of their homes by ridding them of traditional ethnic decor and adding Sinicized furniture, largely to the benefit of majority Han Chinese entrepreneurs, sources said. In recent months, officials in the XUAR have been promoting the “Sanxin Huodong,” or “Three News,” campaign to force Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities to abandon the rugs and pillows they traditionally use as furniture in their homes
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Campaigners urge Kazakhstan not to expel Chinese asylum seekers

Human Rights Watch is urging Kazakhstan to keep two Kazakh asylum seekers instead of sending them back to China, over worries that the two men will be detained. Campaigners have urged Kazakhstan not to return Chinese asylum seekers fleeing  Xinjiang  amid a crackdown on  Uighur Muslims  and other minorities.  Activists called on Kazakh authorities to drop charges against illegal border crossings and to respect refugee rights. "The government should immediately drop charges of illegal border crossing, halt these proceedings, and
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UK government called 'inhumane, selfish' for removing protections for child refugees

In one of Boris Johnson's first Brexit amendments, the British government voted down protections for unaccompanied child refugees as a post-EU Britain looms closer. British MPs are being criticised after they voted against proposals that would see  child refugees could be reunited with their families after the UK leave the European Union, bringing to harsh light tensions ahead of Brexit . The Commons rejected proposals to keep protections for child refugees in the redrafted
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World’s biggest debate contest axed livestream of Hong Kong topic as Chinese spectators staged walkout

The world’s biggest debate tournament has been embroiled in a row over censorship after it hosted a debate on Hong Kong democracy but later removed all online traces of the match. Photo: Thailand WUDC 2020. Last Friday, four top teams debated the motion “This House, as China, would grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong citizens” during the grand finals of the World Universities Debating Championship’s (WUDC) open category. The event was held at Assumption University in
| Community & Education, HKFP Reports, Hong Kong |

‘Crimes against humanity on a massive scale’: US lawmakers urge Trump to take action against Beijing

US lawmakers called Wednesday for President Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions over rights abuses in China as they released a report describing “crimes against humanity” against the Uighur minority. In a wide-ranging annual report, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which tracks human rights in the Asian power, voiced alarm at Beijing’s incarceration of more than one million Uighurs and other Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang. File photo posted by the Xinjiang Judicial
| Law & Crime, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

US Congress urges action into China's Uighur abuse

US lawmakers have urged action into China's treatment of the minority Muslim Uighur population. United States lawmakers called Wednesday for President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions over rights abuses in China as they released a report describing "crimes against humanity" against the Uighur minority. In a wide-ranging annual report, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which tracks human rights in the Asian power, voiced alarm at Beijing's incarceration of more than one million Uighurs
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China's Actions in Xinjiang May Amount to 'Crimes Against Humanity,' Says US Rights Report

UPDATED at 3:21 P.M. ET on 2020-01-08 China's system of extrajudicial internment camps for Uyghurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) last year may meet the definition of "crimes against humanity," a U.S. congressional advisory panel said in its annual report, released Wednesday, as lawmakers expressed hope that legislation to hold Beijing accountable for human rights violations will soon become law.
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Stop Uighur internment camps or take the Olympics away from China

As China gears up to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the country continues to face accusations of horrific human rights abuses against its Uighur Muslim minority. For the  Uighur  people in China's Xinjiang state, who make up half of its 24 million population, justice is a distant and uncompromising dream. One woman describes the moment she came to know that she would never be able to carry children of her own, behind the bars of the country's
| In-depth |

Taiwan economy a weak spot for incumbent Tsai Ing-wen in upcoming election

By Amber Wang and Sean Chang Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen looks set to secure a second term in elections this weekend, but her Achilles heel is an economy that China has squeezed relentlessly in an effort to assert its control over the island’s future. Despite Beijing’s pressure campaign, Tsai can boast a solid economic record, with the lowest unemployment for decades and strong export growth. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Photo: Tsai Ing-wen Flickr.
| Business, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

Chinese Media Campaign to Discredit Movement For Missing Uyghurs Will Fail: #StillNoInfo Founder

A campaign by official Chinese media to discredit a movement by Uyghurs seeking information about missing relatives back home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) will fail, according to the movement’s organizer, because of Beijing’s intransparency over its policies there. In recent months, the hashtag #StillNoInfo has gained a following on social media platforms among Uyghurs in exile who say their relatives are likely detained in a network of internment camps where authorities in the XUAR are
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Dissendent Describes 'Cultural Genocide' Against Uighurs

The Chinese government is currently interning hundreds of thousands of the country's Uighur Muslim minority. In an interview, Jewher Ilham, the daughter of human rights activist Ilham Tohti, who has been sentenced to life in prison, calls on the European Union to take action against Beijing.
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Former Camp Detainee Says Kazakhstan Plans to Deport Her to China

An ethnic Kazakh Chinese national who was held for more than a year at an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is in immediate danger of forced repatriation from Kazakhstan by authorities she says are working at the behest of Beijing. Gulzire Awulqanqizi, a Kazakh woman who was held at the Dongmehle Internment Camp in Ili Kazakh (in Chinese, Yili Hasake) Autonomous Prefecture’s Ghulja (Yining) city from July 2017 to October 2018, fled to neighboring
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Hundreds of Uighur refugee children are orphans in Turkey after parents disappear

Uighur children are being orphaned after their parents travel to China to visit family, never to be heard from again. Hundreds of Uighur children have become orphaned in Turkey after their parents disappeared on visits to China , which is cracking down on its minority Muslim population. A school on the outskirts of Istanbul is one of the only places in the country where Uighur child refugees from China can study
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Jordan holds solidarity rally with China’s Uyghurs

Dozens of Jordanians on Tuesday participated in a protests against China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslim in China’s Xinjiang province. The demonstration was organised by the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, in front of the Chinese embassy in the capital Amman. The Front’s Secretary-General Murad Al-Adaileh and lawmaker Saud Abu Mahfouz of the Reform Bloc participated in the protest. The participants held banners calling on China to stop the “terrorism” it is practicing against
| Asia & Americas, China, Jordan |

China took their parents: the Uighur refugee children of Turkey

By Eric Randolph The school on the outskirts of Istanbul is a rare place where Uighur child refugees from China can study their language and culture. But for several, it has also become an impromptu orphanage. Uighur children attend a science lesson in a school of Silivri district in Istanbul on November 29, 2019. Photo by Ozan KOSE/AFP. Having fled a worsening crackdown on Uighur Muslims in northwest China, some of
| Politics & Protest, SinoBeat, Istanbul |

China's foreign minister accuses US of 'bullying practices' during meeting with Iran counterpart

In a meeting with Iran's foreign minister Mohamad Zarif in Beijing, Wan Yi slammed international "bullying practices", in an indirect attack on U.S. policy towards both Iran and China. In a meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday, Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, denounced international "bullying practices", in the latest Chinese criticism of US foreign policy under President Donald Trump . In the opening remarks to bilateral talks with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, Wang
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Malaysia Appoints University Institute to Probe China’s Alleged Abuses Against Uyghurs

Malaysia has appointed an international institute at a local university to prepare a study examining reports about alleged rights abuses committed by Beijing against Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Monday. The government has selected the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in Kuala Lumpur to study and verify the news reports on the alleged repression of the Uyghur community in Xinjiang, China, the state-run Bernama news service reported, citing Saifuddin.
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Police in Hong Kong Brutalized by Rioters While Attacked by the Western Press

It is much more than what you are allowed to see. The Hong Kong police force are heroically fighting both the rioters and a complex and extremely dangerous international network which is aiming at destabilizing the People’s Republic of China. Uighur, Taiwan, USA, EU – united against socialism and China I never saw such cynicism before; such a vulgar media set up as in Hong Kong. I am talking in general, but also about
| "The West", China, Hong Kong |

From Lebanon to Kashmir: The New Arab's 10 biggest stories of 2019

A revolution in Sudan. A new Turkish offensive in Syria. A controversial citizenship amendment in India. These are The New Arab's top 10 stories of 2019. From President Donald Trump facing impeachment to the UK rushing to a snap election  following uncertainty over  Brexit ; from Hong Kong 's million-strong protests to the devastating Ethiopian Airlines crash; from the Latin American uprisings to Sri Lanka Easter bombings ; from
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Hundreds of Indonesians hold solidarity rally for Uighurs

Hundreds of Muslims in Indonesia held a protest Friday against China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta. The rally was organised by hardline Islamic group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) but was attended by members of other Muslim communities under heavy security. Indonesian hardline Muslim group members take part in an anti-China rally in front of the Chinese colsulate in Surabaya, East Java, on December 27, 2019, to condemn China’s
| Politics & Protest, SinoBeat, uighur |

Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Subversion

Pastor Wang Yi, the founder of the underground Early Rain Covenant Church and staunch critic of Xi Jinping’s heavy-handed policies, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for “subversion of state power” and illegal business operations . Wang was one of over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant detained in Chengdu last December as part of a crackdown on unregistered churches, mosques, and temples–itself part of a broader campaign to “Sinicize” religion in China
| Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Politics |

Fight for Survival: The Intercept’s 2019 Visual Journalism

A look back  at The Intercept’s must-see photos and illustrations from 2019. The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren Illustration: Molly Crabapple for The Intercept The trial became a mirror, reflecting a country deeply divided on the moral and legal questions raised by its border enforcement strategies. By Ryan Devereaux Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression
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China jails Protestant pastor Wang Yi for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

by Jing Xuan Teng China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu, southwest China, according to an announcement on an official court website. Pastor Wang Yi. Photo: Early Rain Covenant Church,
| Law & Crime, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu, southwest China, according to an announcement on an official court website. Wang was detained in December 2018 in a raid by authorities in which dozens of members of his
| China, News, Politics |

CDT Editors’ Picks: The Best of 2019

The editors at CDT have made their annual selections of their favorite posts, from CDT and elsewhere around the web, over the past year. Dong Ge (Executive Editor, CDT Chinese) : CDS 档案 | “辱华节目”全球连晒(连载一): 不可言说之辱—— “维尼”那些事儿 “Hurting the feelings of the Chinese people “or “insulting Chinese people” has been an effective weapon used by the CCP to manipulate Chinese people to deny the freedom of speech of the Western world. However, the straightforward response
| CDT Highlights, Information Revolution, Level 2 Article |

Why Don’t We Care About China’s Uighur Muslims?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Stitcher , Radio Public , and other platforms . New to podcasting? Click here .   It’s been described as the worst human rights crisis in the world — the arbitrary detention in sprawling camps of a million or more Uighur Muslims in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province. The Chinese government has
| Deconstructed, Deconstructed Podcast |

Thousands Rally in Indonesia, Malaysia to Protest China’s Treatment of Uyghurs

Thousands of people took to the streets in Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday to protest against China’s internment of nearly 2 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims in camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) , amid growing calls for action over their plight. The demonstrations took place as Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed not to extradite Uyghurs who seek refuge in his country. “The issues of oppression against Islam worldwide, including the Uyghurs, exist
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China Denies Jailed Former Xinjiang University President Sentenced to Death

China on Friday denied reports that the jailed former head of Xinjiang University Tashpolat Teyip had been tried and sentenced to death, a day after the United Nations expressed concern over his case and demanded clarification on his situation. Speaking to reporters at a regular briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Teyip’s case remains under investigation and that his rights had been “protected in accordance with the law.” Teyip is being held under suspicion
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China arrests Malaysian tourists for praying in Uighur mosque without a 'license'

A group of Malaysian tourists discovered that they had been monitored while travelling in Xinjiang province after they exited a Uighur mosque and found themselves surrounded by police. A group of  Malaysian  tourists were arrested for praying inside a Uighur mosque in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang without a 'license', World of Buzz revealed  on Thursday . A member of the group shared details of the frightening experience after
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Hundreds of Indonesians hold solidarity rally for persecuted Uighur Muslims

China has faced international condemnation for rounding up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. Hundreds of Muslims in Indonesia held a protest on Friday against China's treatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang in front of China's embassy in Jakarta . The rally was organised by hardline Islamic group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) but was attended by
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China to rewrite Quran, Bible to 'reflect socialist values' amid crackdown on Uighur Muslims

Beijing says all translated classic religious books should be 're-evaluated' amid China's widely-condemned Xinjiang crackdown. China plans to rewrite the Quran and Bible to "reflect socialist values" amid a  crackdown on the country's religious minority groups, according to local reports. Modified versions of the Quran and the Bible will exclude any content deemed to go against the beliefs of the country's Communist Party, a top party official said.  Content seen by
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The MEK in Albania

The following is an interview I conducted via email with Osli Jazexhi, an Albanian-based, Canadian-Albanian historian who specializes in the history of Islam, nationalism and religious reformation in Southeastern Europe. His interest covers nationalism, radicalism, religious and ethnic identities in the Balkans. The interview was conducted between December 17 and 19. How popular is MEK in Albania? MEK is a terrorist cult that resides in Albania, and which struggles to overthrow the government of a country that has
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Top ten things to look out for in the year ahead

From Iran to Lebanon, Trump to Netanyahu, 2020 is looking jam-packed. Here's The New Arab's list of top ten things to look out for as we enter a new year. As we usher in a new decade on Tuesday, one can't help but wonder what the next year will hold for the Middle East . 2019 was a year of immense tension , upheaval and change . The world sat at
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Reasons to be fearful – the international news review of 2019

This year world leaders struggled to manage the fallout from the erratic tenant in the White House – as China flexed its imperial muscles. We look back at the events that created the most turbulence Click here for 2019’s reasons to be cheerful A year of high anxiety was rendered more alarming by intensifying clashes of interest between world powers. As international cooperation declined, and nationalist agendas gathered strength, China, the US, Russia and Europe, and
| World news |

Facing US trade uncertainty, China seeks closer ties with neighbors

Wed, 2019-12-25 23:33 CHENGDU: China made overtures on trade to Japan and South Korea and offered support for an infrastructure initiative as it hosted the leaders of its two neighbors this week amid strained ties with the US. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Beijing was willing to strengthen economic cooperation with Japan in third-country markets. At
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