Canada and China free detainees after US deal
19 November 2022 | 2:27 pm
Two Canadians and a top Chinese executive are on their way home after a deal with US authorities put an end to a three year diplomatic spat. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of China's Huawei telecoms giant, was arrested in Canada in 2018 on US charges of violating sanctions. Weeks later Beijing detained two Canadian citizens in China in what was seen as an act of retaliation.
Ahead of the Chinese Communist Party congress, China is tightening its already strict coronavirus rules. Entire sectors, including tourism, are suffering. And people are increasingly voicing their frustration.
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Hu Jintao, who was succeeded by the current president Xi Jinping, appeared unwilling to leave the stage at the Communist Party Congress.
The new deal allows the two countries' armies to train together, along with the sharing of more sensitive intelligence. China's increasing influence in the region has spurred the need for greater cooperation.
After the Communist Party's Congress, Xi Jinping is expected to become China’s President for an unprecedented third term which will be announced during the legislative sessions in March.
Chinese state media said former President Hu Jintao was escorted off the stage at the Communist Party Congress as he was "not feeling well." Speculation is rife that he may have challenged Xi Jinping's power grab.
The visit is the second by a German delegation to Taiwan in a month. It comes after China’s Communist Party Congress unprecedently voted to include resistance to Taiwan’s independence in the party constitution.
The EU wants to reduce dependence on incoming Chinese investment. But given the geopolitical turmoil unleashed by the war in Ukraine and technological demands, many ask if it can realistically lay down the law to China.
On the last day of August, a long-awaited United Nations report on Beijing's alleged abuses against Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region confirmed that the Chinese government's campaign to combat what it describes as extremism and terror threats in the region amount to “serious human rights violations” with “a discriminatory.
Employees at the world's largest iPhone factory in central China have fled after a string of COVID outbreaks. Elsewhere in China, visitors were trapped at the Disney Resort in Shanghai.
An exodus of workers from the world's largest iPhone factory has drawn new attention to China's draconian COVID policy and should be a "red flag" for Apple on the state of labor rights in the country, activists say.
China's approach has meant restrictions and lockdowns. The signs are this will continue for some time, especially given an upcoming Communist Party congress where President Xi Jinping is expected to assume a third term in power.
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