Chinese influence

Grassley condemns World Bank loans to China amid Uighur detentions

Senator Chuck Grassley surrounded by reporters asking questions.
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate Thursday calling for scrutiny into the World Bank's $50 million loan approved for China's Xinjiang region, where nearly a million Uighur Muslims have been detained in internment camps.

Why it matters: The speech comes days after the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill pushing for sanctions on China over its mass detention of the ethnic minority, as Congress continues to pressure U.S.-based organizations that may be complicit.

Chinese spy defects to Australia, revealing nation's intelligence secrets

Chinese flags.
Chinese flags on road-lamps covered by trees, in Nanning, Guangxi Region, China. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A Chinese spy has defected to Australia, offering a bevy of secrets on Chinese intelligence operations, according to Australian newspaper The Age.

Why it matter: Wang “William” Liqiang is the first Chinese operative to "blow his cover," The Age reports. He provided Australia information on Chinese political interference in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, along with the identities of senior Chinese military intelligence officers in Hong Kong.