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Posts tagged “China

See Something, Say Something: Uighur Edition

Posted on July 2, 2020

Readers, I was horrified to read yesterday’s news about the suspected importation from western China of beauty products that the government suspects were made from human hair taken from Uighur people detained in camps in western China. The sale of hair taken from members of an ethnic minority imprisoned in camps has very specific historical resonance, and it is important that people everywhere in the world recognize that even leaving aside our government’s specific suspicions about the sale of human hair, the Chinese government’s treatment of its Uighur minority is a human rights travesty that demands the world’s attention. If you see something, say something.

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Unmeritorious Case Of The Day: Missouri v. China

Posted on April 27, 2020

I’m keeping an eye on Missouri v. People’s Republic of China, a case just filed in the Eastern District of Missouri. The claim is against the Chinese government and several ministries and local governments, as well as the Communist Party of China and two institutes whose status is unclear, the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. For the moment I am going to assume that all of the defendants are either foreign states, political subdivisions of a foreign state, or agencies or instrumentalities of a foreign state, though I’ll discuss the CCP below. The claim is, more or less, that China is responsible for the global pandemic and the harm it has caused in the United States.

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