The US Congress passed the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act 2019 bill to counter the “arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment” of Uighur Muslims in China. It calls for “targeted sanctions” on China’s Xinjiang, and drew an angry rebuke from the Chinese government. Earlier, the US passed a law supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protestors that further strained its ties with China.
Iceland wants well-being of families to be given more importance. PM Katrin Jakobsdottir urged governments to adopt green and family-friendly priorities, instead of focusing only on GDP growth. She wants to promote a “well-being” agenda with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern—a future based on “well-being and inclusive growth”.