China is harassing Uyghur minority people living in Australia and ‘fake police cars’

A car with what appears to be Chinese police markings parked at night.

A diplomatic war of words has emerged between the American and Chinese embassies in Canberra, amid claims Beijing is harassing Uyghur minority people living in Australia.

Key points:

  • The US ambassador said Uyghurs were being “harassed by agents of a foreign power”
  • He said fake Chinese police cars were being parked outside their homes
  • China’s foreign affairs ministry said the allegation was “laughable”

Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been subject to a wide-ranging security crackdown in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, where it is believed more than a million people have been rounded up and put in detention camps.

In an interview with ABC News Breakfast last Thursday, US ambassador Arthur B Culvahouse Jr said China was monitoring and intimidating Uyghurs living in Australia, and that this involved the use of fake Chinese police cars.

“Uyghurs who are lawfully in Australia, who are raised in Australia, working, paying taxes in Australia, are being harassed by agents of a foreign power,” he said.

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-18/us-and-china-clash-over-uyghur-harassment-and-fake-police-cars/11802578

US to blacklist 28 Chinese security companies…

A masked Uighur boy takes part in a protest against China, at Fatih Mosque in Turkey

The US Commerce Department has placed 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies on a trade blacklist over Beijing’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities.

Key points:

  • Blacklisted companies are barred from buying parts from the US
  • Video surveillance company Hikivision has been added to the list
  • Huawei Technologies and more than 100 affiliates are already blacklisted

Being added to the so-called ‘Entity List’ bars companies or other entities from buying parts and components from US companies without US government approval.

China has not yet commented on the US decision, but has long been accused of detaining around 1 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in its far-western Xinjiang region.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-08/us-places-28-chinese-security-companies-on-trade-blacklist/11582418