March 23, Tuesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. The U.S. and its intelligence allies have described “overwhelming” evidence of China’s human rights abuses of Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. Their comments came as the U.S., Britain, Canada and the European Union imposed coordinated sanctions on Monday on Chinese officials accused of being involved in such abuses.
2. Myanmar’s military rulers say they want to strengthen relations with five neighboring countries, including China. The military is cracking down on protesters in an increasingly harsh manner. A human rights group in the country says at least 261 people have been killed by the country’s security forces. 3. The foreign ministers of China and Russia have agreed to take a stand against moves by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to confront other countries.