Did I hear correctly that China exempted imports of crucial materials for the remainder of the year?
|Meng Wanzhou has taken to WeChat to detail her past year fighting extradition|
|The Huawei executive wrote on the Chinese social platform that she he has experienced “moments of fear, pain, disappointment, helplessness, torment and struggle” in Canada. Meng also said that “Over the past year, I have also learned to face up to and accept my situation.”|
|Meng has been living in a $13-million Vancouver home, with bail restrictions limiting her movements and requiring her to wear an ankle bracelet. Her situation is starkly different from the two Canadians who have been detained by China and interrogated in what critics call a case of “hostage diplomacy.”|
|Over the weekend, The Globe detailed the final hours that led to the arrest of Meng at Vancouver’s airport one year ago.|
|Meanwhile, Australia criticized China over its treatment of a writer who has been detained there for nearly a year, calling on Beijing to release more details about the case.|
|The Globe’s editorial board writes: “The last thing China wants is a co-ordinated, global effort calling out its abuses. Which means there ought to be just such an effort.”|
|Calls are growing for Ottawa to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials|
|The pro-democracy group Canadian Friends of Hong Kong is set to send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today calling on the government to put sanctions on officials implicated in police brutality against protesters. That follows massive demonstrations yesterday where hundreds of thousands took to Hong Kong’s streets.|
|Meng’s extradition proceedings continued yesterday with the B.C. Supreme Court judge presiding over the case indicating she was struggling with aspects of Meng’s defence: that the offence she is accused of in the United States is not a crime in Canada.|
|The judge and Meng’s lawyer “were communicating at odds with one another," said Vancouver immigration lawyer Richard Kurland, who was watching from the public gallery. A key question, he said, is whether Canada would become a sanctuary for those who violate foreign laws and enter Canada without the possibility of extradition.|
|Meanwhile, a woman who joined a group protesting for Meng’s release says she is an actor who was paid to stand outside the B.C. Supreme Court. Julia Hackstaff said she was duped into protesting under the guise of a $100 paid acting gig.|
AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seizedAccusations of genocide in Xinjiang
The Chinese government has been accused of "demographic genocide" by forcing birth control and sterilizations on minority populations, especially the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang region.
Why it matters: A policy of forced sterilization and abortion imposed on minority populations would bring China's policies closer to the textbook definition of genocide, notes Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who has reported extensively on China's abuses in Xinjiang.
The big picture: China regularly conducts pregnancy checks, forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion in Xinjiang, AP reports in a non-bylined global investigation.
Key allegations, rounded up by Axios' Fadel Allassan:
The bottom line: China denies the AP report as "fake news," but read the numbers yourself:
- Officials reportedly use the threat of detention to force minorities to comply with the population control measures, while some of the country's Han majority are urged to have more children.
- Police officers raid homes for hidden children, and parents who are found to have three or more children are taken to detention camps unless they can pay large fines, according to AP.
- Inside the detention camps, IUDs are forced on some women, along with what appear to be pregnancy prevention shots, former detainees told AP.
- About 60% more IUDs were inserted in Xinjiang in 2018 vs. 2014, according to new research by China scholar Adrian Zenz.
- In the rest of China, the use of IUDs dropped significantly.
- Birth rates fell by 24% last year alone in Xinjiang, compared to 4.2% nationwide.