Headline RoundupJuly 22nd, 2020

Sanctions, Consulate Closure Escalate US-China Tensions

AllSides Summary

Friction between the U.S. and China is ratcheted up this week. As China expands naval operations, U.S. defense officials have moved to implement countermeasures; the U.S. ordered China to close its Houston consulate over national security fears after two Chinese hackers were charged with allegedly trying to steal COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine data; and 11 Chinese companies have been sanctioned over purported human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in China's Xinjiang region. The tension has been a focus of media coverage on all sides of the political spectrum, with voices from both left and right criticizing China for various reasons. Right-rated outlets and voices focused more on the alleged genocide taking place in Xinjiang, where Uighurs are reportedly in "political re-education" programs that have been likened to WWII-era labor and concentration camps.

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