The West’s row with China over human rights threatens to upset trade

Tensions between China and the West are running high following the Asian giant imposing sanctions on the UK, EU, US and Canada after a crackdown by Western states on Beijing over human rights issues. China has sanctioned individuals and entities in the four powers for maliciously spreading what it says are “lies and disinformation” about the Xinjiang region in northwest China. Targeted individuals and their immediate family are banned from entering Chinese territory. They, along with companies and institutions associated with them, are also prohibited from doing business with China. One entity sanctioned is the Mercator Institute for China Studies, a leading European think tank on China. In a statement the institute said it remains committed to fostering a better understanding of the country. The move follows the Western alliance imposing sanctions on China for the treatment of Uyghur Muslims – an ethnic minority that has reportedly been subject to mass arbitrary detentions, severe abuse, forced labour and other labour abuses, surveillance, religious persecution, political indoctrination and forced sterilisation by the state. The co-ordinated pressure campaign saw four Chinese senior state officials sanctioned, as well as the Public Security Bureau of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, the organisation responsible… continue reading

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