China's oppressed Tibetan Buddhist practitioners: US State Department
The State Department's 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom, released on Monday, documents allegations of "forced disappearances, arrests, physical abuse and prolonged detentions without trial of monks, nuns and other persons due to their religious practices" in Chinese-occupied Tibet last year.
Antony Blinken concerned over China collecting DNA of Tibetans
As the featured speaker at Freedom House's annual Freedom Awards on Wednesday, Blinken stated: "We're also concerned by reports of the spread of mass DNA collection to Tibet as an additional form of control and surveillance over the Tibetan population."
Pakistan's dependence on China could increase if IMF deal fails
When questioned about the government's approach to the budget in the event of a failure to reach a deal with the IMF, the minister said that the US and other Western powers should bear in mind that Pakistan's dependence on China would intensify, Dawn reported.
China suspects espionage by foreign consulting companies
The latest known case saw officers raid multiple offices used by the business consulting firm Capvision in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Shenzhen, The Guardian reported citing the Chinese state media as saying on Monday. It followed raids on Mintz Group in March, which saw five employees arrested and the branch shut down. US management consulting firm Bain & Company said its Shanghai office was visited by Chinese officers in April, and employees questioned.
Canada expels Chinese diplomat, Beijing warns of 'consequences'
In a statement on Monday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said that Canada has declared Toronto-based diplomat Zhao Wei "persona non grata", CNN reported. "I have been clear: we will not tolerate any form of foreign interference in our internal affairs. Diplomats in Canada have been warned that if they engage in this type of behaviour, they will be sent home," she added.
Chinese spacecraft returns to Earth after spending over 9 months in orbit
There is not much information about the space vehicle as China's space authorities have not released any pictures or technical data, and experts suspect it could be used to gather intelligence, South China Morning Post reported. The reusable experimental spacecraft was launched with a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan satellite centre in Inner Mongolia in 2020.
China wants 'new fields' of cooperation with Pakistan military
Ties between the two militaries stretch back years, with their navies and air forces holding bilateral exercises in each other's territory. Shangfu told Niazi, who was visiting Beijing, that the two countries' military relationship was a key part of bilateral ties, Geo News reported. "The two militaries should expand into new areas of exchanges, create new high points of cooperation to continuously enhance their ability to deal with all sorts of risks and challenges, and jointly maintain the security interests of the two countries and of the region," said Li, according to a statement on China's Ministry of National Defence website.
China using its currency to insulate against future sanctions
In the last year, a drive to insulate China's economy from dollar-based sanctions has emerged as possibly the most important incentive for decoupling from the dollar, as China looks to prepare for the possibility of conflict with Taiwan. After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, one of the most powerful tools for inflicting economic harm.