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Ambassador Cui Tiankai. Photo: Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images

Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the U.S., told Reuters that China is trying to "re-educate" its Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang province to "turn them into normal persons [who] can go back to normal life."

The big picture: China's mass detention and surveillance against Uighurs in Xinjiang have faced international criticism — with the UN classifying it as a "massive internment camp." The Trump administration has weighed sanctions against the Chinese government in response, and Cui told Reuters that China will "retaliate...in proportion" if sanctions are imposed, likening it to sanctioning the U.S. officials over the fight against ISIS.

Go deeper: China is afraid of its ethnic minorities

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
15 hours ago - Economy & Business

The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.