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Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

Health
In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boostBy JOE McDONALD and HUIZHONG WU Associated PressApril 11, 2021, 7:30 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to get a boost.Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses...
Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

Technology
Facebook says hackers in China used fake accounts and impostor websites in a bid to break into the phones of Uyghur MuslimsBy Associated PressMarch 24, 2021, 9:14 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social network said Wednesday.The company said the sophisticated, covert operation targeted Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents from China’s Xinjiang region, as well as individuals living in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Syria, Australia, Canada and other nations.The hackers attempted to gain access to the computers and phones by creating fake Facebook accounts for supposed journalists and activists, as well as fake we...
UK sanctions four Chinese officials over Uighur human rights abuses

UK sanctions four Chinese officials over Uighur human rights abuses

World
Four Chinese officials will be sanctioned by the UK over "appalling violations" of human rights against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, the foreign secretary has announced.Sanctions have also been placed on an official body - Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau. The US, Canada and the European Union have also introduced sanctions, with the UK imposing travel bans and asset freezes. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Chinese official defends Uighur 'training' camps Dominic Raab sai...
‘If Tesla uses its cars to spy, we’ll get shut down’ – Musk responds to Chinese military’s fears

‘If Tesla uses its cars to spy, we’ll get shut down’ – Musk responds to Chinese military’s fears

Business
Elon Musk has said his company would be shut down if its cars were used for the purposes of spying.The Tesla chief executive was responding to news that China's military has banned Tesla cars from its facilities. Speaking to a Chinese forum in a virtual discussion, Mr Musk said: "There's a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information."If Tesla used cars to spy in China, or anywhere, we will get shut down."According to a Reuters report on Friday, the Chinese military cited security concerns over cameras installed on Tesla's vehicles. ...
Chinese lawmakers endorse tighter control over Hong Kong

Chinese lawmakers endorse tighter control over Hong Kong

World
China’s ceremonial legislature has endorsed the ruling Communist Party’s move to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory’s leadersBy JOE McDONALD and KEN MORITSUGU Associated PressMarch 11, 2021, 10:14 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- China’s ceremonial legislature on Thursday endorsed the ruling Communist Party’s move to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory’s leaders.The measure adds to a crackdown against a protest movement in Hong Kong calling for greater democracy. The crackdown has prompted accusations Beijing is eroding the autonomy it promised when Britain handed Hong Kong to China in 1997 and is hurting its status as a global financial ...