- On Tuesday, France adopted an opposition-led resolution condemning China’s treatment of Uyghurs as “genocide.”
- “We refuse to submit to propaganda from a regime that is banking on our cowardice and our avarice to perpetrate a genocide in plain sight," said Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure.
- The Chinese embassy in France released a statement saying the “genocide” allegations are “pure lies based on prejudices and hostility towards China.”
French lawmakers have condemned the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uyghur people with an official resolution calling it a “genocide.”
On Tuesday, France’s National Assembly adopted the non-binding resolution that “officially recognizes the violence perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against the Uyghurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide,” reported Agence France-Presse.
- Foreign athletes set to participate in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing have been warned that “any behavior or speech that is against the Olympic spirit” is subject to “certain punishment.”
- A rule established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter similarly prohibits any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in any Olympic area.
- The maximum punishment that an Olympic athlete may face for engaging in political action has yet to be confirmed.
Foreign athletes competing in the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing have been warned against making political statements.
A member of the Beijing Organizing Committee told reporters on Tuesday that Olympic athletes’ remarks and behavior “will be protected” if they are “in line with the Olympic spirit.” However, athletes may be held accountable for saying or doing anything “against Chinese laws and regulations,” reported The Washington Post.
First openly non-binary Winter Games athlete calls out China’s human rights violations as ‘horrifying’
- Timothy LeDuc, a member of one of Team USA’s figure skating pairs teams, recently described the alleged human rights violations against the Uyghurs in China as “horrifying.”
- LeDuc will make history as the first publicly out non-binary athlete to compete at a Winter Olympic Games.
Timothy LeDuc, a member of one of Team USA’s figure skating pairs teams set to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing next month, recently spoke out about China’s “horrifying” human rights violations.
In an interview hours after they were named part of Team USA on Sunday, LeDuc was asked a question about the alleged human rights violations in China. They admitted it to be a “really hard question” with “no simple answer,” according to USA Today.
MI6 chief thanks China for ‘free publicity’ from bizarre ‘James Pond’ spoof aimed at Western intelligence
- After the head of U.K. intelligence agency MI6 stated that China is the “single greatest priority” for the organization, Chinese state media released a video spoofing MI6’s famous fictional spy, James Bond.
- The parody video, posted to Twitter by China Xinhua News, features “James Pond” in a short called “No Time to Die Laughing” that mocks both British and U.S. intelligence.
- In response, MI6’s head Richard Moore, tweeted “Thank you for your interest (and the unexpected free publicity).”
Chinese state media released a four-minute “James Pond” parody video mocking the CIA and MI6 after the head of the U.K. intelligence agency called China its “single greatest priority.”
The parody, which was posted to Twitter by Chinese state media agency China Xinhua News following M16 Chief Richard Moore’s announcement, features “James Pond” in lieu of famous fictional MI6 spy James Bond. The short video’s title, “No Time to Die Laughing,” references the most recent film in the franchise, “No Time to Die,” which was released in the U.S. in October 2021.
Taiwan’s former diplomatic offices and embassy in Nicaragua have been taken over by the local government which now only recognizes China’s authority.
In China’s favor: The Nicaraguan government, which recently announced that it is cutting ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing, said the Chinese government officially owned the properties, Associated Press reported.
At least four Asian Americans have reportedly qualified to participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February, and three of them are representing Team USA, including Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim.
The athletes: Team USA recently released some of the names of the athletes who have qualified for next year’s winter games, including short track speed skaters Eunice Lee and Andrew Heo and snowboarder Chloe Kim, NBC Sports reported.
- Former President Donald Trump said President Xi Jinping is a "killer" who "destroyed the world" in an interview with Fox News.
- But he doesn't think that the U.S. should boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
- A spokesperson from China's Foreign Ministry said that Trump’s allegations are “just nonsense.”
Former President Donald Trump said in a recent Fox News interview that Chinese President Xi Jinping is a “killer” who “destroyed the world” after the way China handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
White House allegedly cut Taiwan minister’s feed after map of Taiwan and China in different colors shown
Anonymous sources said Biden’s Summit for Democracy disabled Taiwan Minister Audrey Tang’s screen-sharing abilities during her presentation at the command of White House officials, according to Reuters.
Sources reveal intentional interference: Reuters reported that during President Biden’s Summit for Democracy on Dec. 10, Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang’s video feed was intentionally cut off leaving only her audio feed for the rest of her presentation.
Harnaaz Sandhu of India has been crowned Miss Universe 2021.
The 70th Miss Universe: Sandhu became the first Indian woman in 21 years to win Miss Universe.
China has committed genocide — among other crimes against humanity — against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, an independent tribunal in London ruled on Thursday.
About the tribunal: Sir Geoffrey Nice, a British barrister and international human rights lawyer, founded the Uyghur Tribunal in 2020 at the request of Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, to hold China accountable for its alleged crimes. The group, established with the help of the Coalition for Genocide Response, currently consists of lawyers, academics and businesspeople, according to The Guardian.
US House pass bill banning goods from China’s Xinjiang region over Uyghur oppression with 428-1 vote
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to penalize the Chinese government over its alleged oppression of the Uyghur people.
Unanimous support: Having recently received an overwhelmingly bipartisan 428-1 vote in Congress, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act is the latest step the U.S. has taken against China following the White House’s recently announced boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
U.S. government officials will reportedly not be joining Team USA athletes at the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics due to alleged human rights “atrocities” committed by the Chinese government.
A statement against abuse: On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki cited Beijing’s alleged genocide against the Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region as the main reason for the boycott, reported Reuters.