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US begins banning imports from Chinese firms in Xinjiang over abuse of its Uighur Muslims

The Dept of Commerce has added more than a dozen Chinese companies to its Entity List on human rights violations, which means the companies can't access US-origin technology & commodities.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo | File image | @SecPompeo | Twitter

China has desire to expand power, incursion in Ladakh indicates its intention, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday asserted that Beijing under President Xi Jinping is testing the world to see if anyone is going to stand up to its threats and bullying.
File photo of Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, one of the sanctioned individuals, during a meeting in Beijing.

US sanctions top Chinese officials over abuse of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang

China is likely to object strongly to the sanctions. However, it's unlikely to have a major impact on those targeted as there’s faint chances of them having financial ties with US.
Imran Khan

Pakistan pressurised to review its China policy after Galwan clash

The first indication of what awaits Pakistan for its blind support to China was the manner in which the EU banned Pakistan International Airlines from landing in Europe.
The US Capitol Building | Photographer: Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg

US Senate passes Uighur Humans Rights Bill in latest shot at China

The bill condemns the internment of more than 1 million Uighurs and imposes sanctions on China over human rights abuses against Muslim minorities.

US bans travel by Chinese officials tied to Muslim abuses

Mike Pompeo imposed visa ban on Chinese govt leaders & Communist Party officials found involved in abuse of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs & other minority Muslims.

International community silent on Uighur abuses to ‘protect’ trade relations with China

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman defended China’s right to conduct ‘anti-terrorism’ and US yet to impose sanctions.
A Mosque in Xinjiang

China’s brutal Ramzan crackdown on Muslims is of no interest to Pakistan or even US

The restrictions on Uighur Muslims are linked to a large surveillance programme that is being tested by the Chinese government.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.