BIDEN ADMINISTRATION EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF BEIJING OLYMPICS THIS WEEK

CNN. 6 December 2021

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The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics, implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games, according to several sources.The move would allow the US to send a message on the world stage to China without preventing US athletes from competing. The National Security Council, which has been privately discussing the boycott, declined to comment.President Joe Biden told reporters last month that he was weighing a diplomatic boycott as Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, advocated for one in protest of China’s human rights abuses.

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INTERVIEW: ‘CHINA WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE UYGHUR GENOCIDE IS NEVER DISCUSSED’

RFA. 30 November 2021

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A United Nations whistleblower fired last week for accusing the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR ) of providing the names of Chinese government opponents and activists who sought accreditation to participate in U.N. activities has called for an external investigation of the body. Emma Reilly, an employee at the OHCHR and a human rights lawyer, said that the sharing of the names of dissidents with the Chinese government has endangered their lives and their families. The OHCHR said it stopped the practice in 2015, although a 2017 press release stated that Chinese authorities in Geneva regularly asked the office to confirm whether certain people were attending Human Rights Council meetings. “The office never confirms this information until the accreditation process is formally under way, and until it is sure that there is no obvious security risk,” it said. Reilly spoke to reporter Nuriman Abdurashid of RFA’s Uyghur Service about her allegations and call for an independent investigation. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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GERMAN COALITION SEALS DEAL FOR NEW GOVERNMENT, NEW TOUGH-TALKING CHINA POLICY

South China Morning Post. 25 November 2021

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A deal announced on Wednesday confirmed that Germany will have a new government, a new chancellor and, according to the coalition agreement, a new and tougher policy on China.

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz will succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor, as Europe’s largest economy gets its first new leader for 16 years.

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