Nike and Coca-Cola are lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. The legislation, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, has become the target of multinational companies including Apple whose supply chains touch the far western Xinjiang region, as well as of business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a date for war with Pakistan and China, according to a senior official of the Bharatiya Janata Party. BJP’s Uttar Pradesh chief, Swatantra Dev Singh, told a meeting of party functionaries that Mr Modi had decided when the country would be at war with Pakistan and China.
The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority in Xinjiang. The Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act calls on the president, Donald Trump, to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region as an attempt to stop systemic forced labor from the Uighur community.
Coronavirus vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. China has four Covid-19 vaccines in final stage of clinical trials. At least three of those have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use programme launched in July.
A report published by an Australian think tank in March this year revealed that supply chains in China of almost 83 global brands are using Uyghur Muslims forced labor. The report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) titled “Uyghurs for Sale” stated names of big, well-known global companies in the field of clothing, technology and automotive sectors.
Authorities in Inner Mongolia in China are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused Black Death pandemic, was reported Sunday. The case was discovered in the city of Bayannur. A hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient’s case and local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention.
A new flu virus found in pigs in China has become more infectious to humans and can become a potential “pandemic virus”, a new study has found. A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and found a “G4” strain of H1N1 with “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”.
As border tensions increase between world’s two most populous nations, India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat. The apps were banned over national security and privacy concerns after several complaints were received by the ministry alleging theft of users’ data and violations of user privacy. It was unclear when the ban would come into force.
Officials in the Chinese capital, Beijing, have highlighted risk of contamination through packaging. In the city which reported 22 new cases on Friday, nucleic acid tests are being carried out on all food and parcel delivery personnel. Officials have been testing people working in catering, including restaurant staff, as well as imported food after virus was found on chopping boards used to handle salmon.
An officer and two soldiers of the Indian army were killed in a “violent faceoff” on the contested Ladakh border with China, the first such incident in 45 years between the two countries. Tension on the border has been rising for a past couple of weeks, and thousands of extra troops have been deployed from both sides in the region.