Forced labour, possible ‘enslavement’ in China’s Xinjiang: UN expert

Minorities have been drafted into forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, a report by an independent UN expert has concluded, in what it said could amount to “enslavement as a crime against humanity”. Beijing has been accused of detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in … Read more

ASPI highlights need for reform in Australia’s defence strategy

The Government places too much dependence on think tanks such as ASPI, which is susceptible to outside influence, writes Joel Jenkins. DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Richard Marles posted to photo sitting in a room surrounded by the wonks, analysts, academics and intellectuals from the nation’s security apparatus. He had gathered the panel to discuss the evolving … Read more

China warns military drills surrounding Taiwan will become routine

China has indicated “military exercises and training activities” surrounding Taiwan will become routine until “reunification” takes place. Beijing was left fuming when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei in early August. And another delegation of US politicians arrived in Taiwan on Sunday sparked more angry warnings from China, which views the self-governing island as … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers’ Taiwan trips keep riling China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan is high on the summer travel list for US members of Congress on their August recess this year, as US lawmakers make a point of asserting American support for the self-governed island despite objections from China. The payoff photos from this week’s five-member congressional visitlike that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi … Read more

China launches fresh military drills amid new US visit to island nation

China is seeing another bipartisan US delegation visit to Taiwan, with Beijing renewing its “prepare for war” warning and launching fresh military drills around the island. Beijing’s show of military might in waters and airspace around Taiwan came just one day after a congressional delegation led by Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey arrived in Taipei … Read more

Chinese ship docks in Sri Lanka despite India, US concerns

A Chinese research vessel docked at Sri Lanka’s Chinese-run southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday despite concerns from India and the United States about its alleged spying activities. The Yuan Wang 5 entered the deep-sea port after securing permission to enter Sri Lankan waters on the condition it would not engage in any research, port … Read more

China factories ration power as heatwave sends demand soaring

Chinese lithium hub Sichuan province will ration electricity supply to factories until Saturday, state media reported, as a heatwave sends power demands soaring and dries up reservoirs. Temperatures in the province — home to nearly 84 million people — have hovered above 40-42 degrees Celsius (104-108 degrees Fahrenheit) since last week, according to data from … Read more

Nuclear war prediction: millions would die but Australia wouldn’t suffer the most

It’s been 77 years since the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It’s been 33 years since the Berlin Wall’s fall and the Cold War’s end. But the bomb is back. Russian President Vladimir Putin is making thinly veiled threats. China’s embarking on a massive nuclear weapon-building campaign. And the menace of atomic annihilation coming out … Read more

US Congress members meet Taiwan leader amid China anger

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen met Monday with a delegation of US Congress members in a further sign of support among American lawmakers for the self-governing island that China claims as its own territory. Taiwanese media showed the delegation arriving for the talks, but details of the meeting were not immediately released. … Read more

China conducts fresh drills around Taiwan as US lawmakers visit

China said Monday it had organized fresh military drills around Taiwan, as a delegation of visiting United States lawmakers were set to meet the island’s leader just weeks after a similar trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi heightened fears of conflict. The unannounced two-day trip came after Beijing sent warships, missiles and jets into the … Read more