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Could Iran, Turkey and others take advantage of US post-election doubts? – The Jerusalem Post

The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might happen. Iranian and Turkish media are taking a “wait and see” approach to the US election. The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might …

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Erdogan caves to Chinese pressure to take Taiwan flag off Twitter – Taiwan News

On Saturday (Oct. 31), Erdogan posted a series of three tweets, each including the flags of 100 nations and international organizations that had provided assistance and words of support to his country. The third tweet included a Taiwanese flag at the center of the bottom row and a message in Turkish and English that read: “Many thanks from the Republic of Turkey to all friendly nations and international organizations for their good wishes and statements of support following the earthquake in Izmir.”

[…] Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said it was notified by its representative office in Turkey that Chinese authorities had pressured the Turkish government to take down the tweet showing Taiwan’s banner and that Erdogan had complied. In the original image, the flag was included along with those of countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Senegal, and Iraq and organizations such as the UNHCR and IFRC.

 

 

After thumbing his nose at China, Prague’s mayor has this advice for Canada. ‘Their power is overrated’ – The Star

VANCOUVER—When Prague’s Pirate Party posted a rebuttal on its Facebook page to threats of economic action against the historic city from China’s diplomats in the Czech Republic, people laughed. It was cheeky. The post featured a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping next to a picture of Winnie-the-Pooh and a message mocking the Chinese government …

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U.S. encourages Canada to hit China with sanctions over Uyghurs – The Globe and Mail

What is taking place in Xinjiang meets at least one of the UN’s criteria for genocide, said Adrian Zenz, a U.S.-based scholar and senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

“It is, in my view, very shameful that Western nations, including Canada, have not yet bothered to embark on the process of determining whether Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang meet the legal definitions of crimes against humanity or genocide.”

As Uygurs exit Indonesian jail, China-Turkey repatriation tussle brews – South China Morning Post

Indonesia jailed three Uygurs in 2015 for attempting to join an Isis-linked terrorist group and entering the country illegally.The fate of the men, who were holding fake Turkish passports during their trial, remains uncertain. Three Uygurs in Indonesia who were jailed five years ago for attempting to join a local militant group have been freed and are …

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‘When people see second-hand clothes, they think poverty’: China has millions of tons of discarded clothing no one wants – South China Morning Post

‘When people see second-hand clothes, they think poverty’: China has millions of tons of discarded clothing no one wants. China’s love for fast fashion sees 26 million tonnes of clothes and footwear thrown away every year, less than one per cent of which is reused or recycled. Only charities in China can sell used clothing, …

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COVID-19 Spells Trouble for China in East Africa – The Diplomat

“Look,” says Kimani Ichung’wa, chairman of the Parliamentary Budget and Appropriations Committee, “our economy is beaten and we are not able to pay. We are not saying the debt is not there, but we simply want to renegotiate what we owe you and the terms of payment.”

But debt is not the only issue, nor is it all about infrastructure projects. The huge trade imbalance between China and the EAC partner states is another major stumbling block.

Uyghurs – “If I speak out, they will torture my family”: voices of Uyghurs in exile – 1843 magazine | The Economist

The younger generation is the final frontier in China’s war against Uyghur identity. Increasing numbers of schools in Xinjiang teach in Mandarin; some ban children from using their native tongue even at break times. There have been reports of books written in Uyghur being burned and Uyghur signage has been removed from many public places. Praying at home is a crime punishable by imprisonment and many mosques have been turned into mere tourist sites.

The autocrats of the world are uniting – UnHerd

If Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is so determined to gild his nation’s Islamic credentials, why has he been cooperating with Beijing to extradite Uighur Muslim refugees? Why hasn’t he protested against Xi Jinping’s mass detention and reeducation camps? When not currying favor with Xi, Erdoğan has also been busy consulting with Vladimir Putin — …

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Czech Pol to China: Piss Off – Foreign Policy – Document of the Week

A local Czech politician tells China’s foreign minister not to “open your trap” again about his country’s relations with Taiwan. Chinese diplomacy has taken on a sharper edge of late, with Beijing’s diplomats issuing increasingly harsh threats against countries from Australia to the United States for backing policies unpopular in Beijing. This year, Chinese officials …

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The irresistible rise of the civilisation-state – UnHerd

A spectre is haunting the liberal West: the rise of the “civilisation-state”. As America’s political power wanes and its moral authority collapses, the rising challengers of Eurasia have adopted the model of the civilisation-state to distinguish themselves from a paralysed liberal order, which lurches from crisis to crisis without ever quite dying nor yet birthing a …

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