Chinese companies are facing hurdles in the world’s major markets, and Saudi Arabia is not happy with the US Senate resolution.
Muslims in China are forced to work in factories
Muslims inmates from Chinese internment camps in Xinjiang region are working as forced labourers, The New York Times reports.
Calling it a job training programme, the Chinese Communist party has made the inmates to work in factories, claiming this would help them escape from poverty, backwardness and the temptations of radical Islam. The government says it is for their own good.
According to NYT, accounts from the region, satellite images, and previously unreported official document suggest that growing number of detainees are being sent to new factories, where they do not have a choice, but to accept the jobs and follow orders.
China has been trying to control and indoctrinate more than 12 million Muslims. The government is of the view that the religion is secondary, they have to pray the party first.
Other than Muslims, China is also clamping down on Christians. Last week, a pastor of Early Rain Convent Church was detained along with 100 members.
First Arab League leader visits Syria
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is the first Arab League leader to visit Syria, after the war began nearly eight years ago, reports Al Jazeera.
He was welcomed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Damascus airport. The two leaders discussed bilateral ties and “the situation and crisis faced by many Arab countries”.
Bashir also said that Sudan is ready to provide support to Syria.
Saudi Arabia is not happy with US Senate resolution
Days after the US Senate approved a resolution, the Arab country has released a statement Monday saying that it is a “blatant interference” of the US Senate in its “internal affairs”, reports Al Jazeera. The US Senate last week approved two resolutions — one calling an end to the US military support to Saudi in Yemen war and second, linking Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“The recent position of the United States Senate, which has been built on baseless allegations and accusations, includes blatant interference in its internal affairs and the role of the kingdom at the regional and international level,” the statement read.
Khashoggi was murdered on 2 October in Saudi consulate in Turkey. A CIA investigation revealed that the Saudi crown prince played a role in the killing of Khashoggi. But Saudi Arabia had refused such claims saying that the prince did not order the murder.
“The kingdom has previously asserted that the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the Kingdom’s policy nor its institutions and reaffirms its rejection of any attempts to take the case out of the path of justice in the kingdom,” the statement said.
However, last week, an Al Jazeera report stated that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that audio recordings of Khashoggi’s murder reveal that people close to crown prince were involved in the killing.
Chinese companies face hurdles in Germany
Germany is making strict rules for non-European countries to buy shares in German firms without the government’s approval. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the move comes as a concern for China’s aggressive push to acquire major technology.
The report also mentioned that Berlin did not name China directly, but it had recently blocked two deals from China.
The cabinet will approve rules Wednesday.
Meanwhile, China’s telecommunication giant Huawei is facing pressure in two or more European markets.
According to a CNN report, telecommunication firm Orange said it is reviewing purchase from Huawei. It said, “We don’t foresee calling on Huawei for 5G,” Orange CEO Stephane Richard said Friday.
“We are working with our traditional partners — they are Ericsson and Nokia,” Richard added.
The move came just a few days after the US had requested Canada to arrest Huawei CFO, citing national security risks from Huawei products.
Deutsche Telekom has also said that it’s re-evaluating its procurement strategy.