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Experts say the praise that Beijing has reportedly received from diplomats and officials who took part in the trip is nothing more than “Chinese propaganda” and an attempt to whitewash human rights violations.
Ahead of her first official visit to Beijing, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses Europe’s fraught relationship with China.
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China aims to coordinate democratic countries’ responses to China. Political analysts, however, say there are limitations to the group’s ability to formulate concrete measures.
Protesters are demanding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai. People also took to the streets in the northwestern Xinjiang region after deaths in an apartment fire were blamed on lockdowns.
Report says 20% of world’s red dates come from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and are likely the products of forced labor.
An “inspection tour” signals Beijing’s odious grip on the region and determination to control people’s identity.
Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has come under criticism for failing to release a report on Xinjiang commissioned more than three-and-a-half years ago. Human rights activists have been waiting for its publication for months, and called on her to release it without delay.