October 2020

  • Multiple news outlets and countries spoke out against China’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, given it’s history of abuses and increasing use of economic pressure to gain votes from smaller nations. https://www.dw.com/en/chinas-human-rights-record-slammed-after-unhrc-reelection/a-55273367
  • 40 countries signed a joint statement criticizing China’s treatment of minority groups and increasing repression in Hong Kong. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-10-06/nearly-40-nations-criticize-chinas-human-rights-policies
  • The UK’s Foreign Secretary said that the UK could boycott the winter Olympics in China as a result of human rights violations. https://news.sky.com/story/uk-could-boycott-winter-olympics-over-egregious-human-rights-violations-in-china-raab-suggests-12092145
  • Pew Research found among primarily Western Countries a strongly negative view of China.
Increasingly negative evaluations of China across advanced economies
  • Science Daily reports that a study found that due to air pollution in China many workers choose food delivery services, which in turn creates more plastic pollution.
  • Bloomberg reports that 80% of Chinese are regularly exposed to excessive pollution levels and that more than a million die every year from pollution related causes.
  • China once again threatened Taiwan with invasion and conducted a live fire drill practicing taking over an island.
Political tensions between China and Taiwan have spiked to a new high after Beijing aired a purported confession from a Taiwanese man who is held captive by China on spying charges