Diary - China in the dock over human rights

Feelings against China have been ratcheted up again by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who accused China of "gross and egregious" human rights' abuses against its Uighur population and said sanctions against those responsible could not be ruled out. Reports of forced sterilisation and broader persecution of the Muslim group were "reminiscent of something not seen for a long time", he told the BBC. The UK would work with its allies to take appropriate action, he insisted. China's UK ambassador said talk of concentration camps was "fake". Liu Xiaoming told the BBC's Andrew Marr that the Uighurs received the same treatment under the law as other ethnic groups in his country. Mounting evidence suggests this is not true. The PM said that he did not want to impose a second national lock-down in the event of another Covid-19 outbreak. I agree. Mr Johnson compared the option of a nationwide shut-down to a "nuclear deterrent", adding he did not think the country "will be in that position again". And, with a backlog of hearings due to the virus, 10 temporary courts are being set to clear them. The new venues, in England and Wales, include a medieval chamber and the Ministry of Justice's headquarters.