The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Friday, January 14, 2022

China's Reach (中国:内控与外扩)

China denies interfering in UK politics after MI5 alert
BBC News, January 14, 2022


Britain’s Security Agency MI5 Warns Lawmakers of China’s Political Interference

The New York Times, January 14, 2022

Hong Kong police switch to Chinese-style goose-stepping ‘to show patriotism’
Agence France-Presse, January 14, 2022

丹麦指外国谍报威胁加剧 点名中国俄国伊朗(Denmark says foreign espionage threats intensify, names China, Russia, Iran)
Deutsche Welle, January 14, 2022

“保护卫士”公开信:国际刑警组织不要沦为中共的政治工具(Safeguard Defenders: INTERPOL should not become a political tool of the CPC)
Radio Free Asia, January 14, 2022

《我们同唱一首歌》两岸反响迥异 是艺术还是统战?(“We Sing a Song Together” from China gets different reactions from both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Is it art or United Front ploy?)
Radio Free Asia, January 14, 2022

Human Rights Defenders & Civil Society (人权捍卫者与公民社会)

Chinese rights activists stopped from visiting dying family members
Deutsche Welle, January 13, 2022

Expatriates rally for Hong Kong press freedom across UK, as scuffle ‘severely condemned’ by Chinese embassy
Hong Kong Free Press, January 14, 2022

Who's next? Hong Kong media fearful after arrests, shutdowns
法新社:香港新闻媒体如惊弓之鸟 下一家是谁遭逮捕与关闭?
Radio France Internationale, January 14, 2022

Law & Policy (法律与政策)

Xi Jinping’s job is safe but China’s leadership is being shaken up
The Economist, January 15, 2022

Current Topics (热门话题)

Omicron Tests China’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID Approach Weeks Ahead of Beijing Olympics
The Diplomat, January 14, 2022

人权观察:北京利用冬奥"洗白"人权劣迹 呼吁各国加入抵制(Human Rights Watch: Beijing uses Winter Olympics to 'whitewash' human rights abuses, calls on countries to join boycott)
Radio France Internationale, January 13, 2022

Human rights group urges countries to join diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
Hong Kong Free Press, January 13, 2022

The police in China detain a testing lab official on suspicion of helping spread the virus.

The New York Times, January 14, 2022

Commentary & Analysis (评论与分析)

每周时事分析:临近冬奥会的中国疫情(COVID in China on eve of Winter Olympics)
Financial Times, January 14, 2022

在面临新的病毒变异形势下,中国的疫苗和抗疫方式已经越来越难以适应新局面,中国的抗疫现状会成为今年中国外交的软肋。(Facing new COVID variants, China's vaccines and pandemic control are increasingly struggling to cope. China's current fight against COVID will become the Achilles heel of its diplomacy this year.)