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Turkish opposition and Uyghur activists join forces on US China policy; South African gun seller fights export controls; US China commission urges bigger government role in setting global tech standards: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

Turkish opposition emerges as key ally of Uyghur activists on US China policy

A group of protestors wear masks symbolizing the Communist Party of China’s silencing of Uyghur Muslims and the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement at a rally in Hong Kong on Dec. 22 2019 / Sandra Sanders

Turkey’s main opposition party has joined forces with US Uyghur activists in pressuring both Washington and Ankara to take a tougher stance against China over its ill-treatment of the ethnically Turkic Muslim minority.

The Washington office of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has emerged as a leading critic of what it deems to be President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s inadequate response to reports of mass detention and forced labor in China’s western province of Xinjiang, lobbying records show. The party’s US representative, Yurter Ozcan, recently wrote a report on the matter that caused a stir in Turkey.

“We are going to make sure that the voices of Uyghur Turks are heard in Turkey,” Ozcan told Foreign Lobby Report, “and also during our meetings in the US.”

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New lobbying filings

Israel: New York lawyer David AbramsZionist Advocacy Center has renewed its registration as a foreign agent for the International Legal Forum, an Israeli government-funded organization based in Jerusalem that seeks to fight back against perceived anti-Semitism around the world. Abrams provides “assistance in submitting reports regarding terrorist connection to financial services firms and prosecuting authorities; as well as to investigate various anti-Israel and
anti-Semitic activity in or concerning the United States.”

Zionist group invokes Trump EO to challenge pro-Palestinian group’s tax exempt status

South Africa : Arizona law firm Farhang & Medcoff has registered as a foreign agent of a South African firearms distributor that is challenging the State Department’s denial of several export license applications for the company. The firm is providing “legal assistance” including “advocating on behalf of Dave Sheer Guns in activities before the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, and other agencies, as needed, in export license requests,
reconsideration and appeals of export license denials, agency reliability determinations, and related administrative and legal proceedings.” The legal contract dates to October 2019 but was only recently filed with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Firm partner Matthew Goldstein is the only registered foreign agent on the account. The US Ninth Circuit rejected claims that the company had been unfairly blacklisted in October.

Domestic: The American Jewish Committee spent $34,000 in the third quarter lobbying on issues including the fight against Hezbollah and antisemitism

In other news

The bipartisan US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its annual report to Congress today. The report notably urges the creation of an interagency committee to help private companies and US allies and partners defend their priorities at international organizations that set technology standards — or risk losing ground to an increasingly assertive China. “This trend threatens US influence on the evolution of technology,” the report said, “particularly in competition with a country that seeks to promote standards as a matter of coordinated industrial policy and heavily subsidizes corporate research and development.”