U.S. blacklists 34 Chinese entities over human rights abuses, brain-control weapons

U.S. blacklists 34 Chinese entities over human rights abuses, brain-control weapons

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outdoors an organization constructing in Shanghai, China November 16, 2021.

Aly Song | Reuters

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration mentioned Thursday it imposed commerce restrictions on greater than 30 Chinese analysis institutes and entities over human rights violations and the alleged improvement of applied sciences, reminiscent of brain-control weapons, that undermine U.S. nationwide safety.

The Commerce Department accused China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences and 11 of its analysis institutes of utilizing biotechnology “to support Chinese military end uses and end users, to include purported brain-control weaponry,” in line with a discover within the Federal Register.

The discover doesn’t elaborate additional on the alleged brain-control weaponry.

“The scientific pursuit of biotechnology and medical innovation can save lives. Unfortunately, the PRC is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control over its people and its repression of members of ethnic and religious minority groups,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo wrote in a press release referring to the People’s Republic of China and human rights abuses in China’s far-west area of Xinjiang.

The State Department has beforehand described the abuse of Uyghurs and members of different Muslim minorities as within the Xinjiang area as “widespread, state-sponsored forced labor” and “mass detention.”

Earlier this month, the White House introduced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”

Beijing denies that it has abused non secular and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

The Commerce Department listed 4 extra Chinese companies to its Entity List for his or her position in modernizing China’s army, which runs opposite to U.S. nationwide safety and overseas coverage pursuits.

The division additionally added 5 different Chinese corporations for allegedly “acquiring or attempting to acquire technology from the United States to help modernize the People’s Liberation Army.”

U.S. officers have lengthy complained that Chinese mental property theft has value the financial system billions of {dollars} in income and 1000’s of jobs. They have additionally mentioned that it threatens nationwide safety. Meanwhile, Beijing maintains that it doesn’t interact in mental property theft.

Later Thursday, the Treasury Department introduced sanctions on eight Chinese tech entities for “biometric surveillance and tracking of ethnic and religious minorities in China, particularly the predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.”

The entities cited by Treasury are: Cloudwalk Technology, Dawning Information Industry, Leon Technology Company, Megvii Technology, Netposa Technologies , SZ DJI Technology, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information and Yitu.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., dismissed the U.S. strikes as “unwarranted suppression” of Chinese entities.

“The facts and truth on Xinjiang-related issues are very clear. China’s development of biotechnology has always been for the well-being of mankind. The relevant claims of the US side are totally groundless,” embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu mentioned in a press release offered to CNBC.

The Commerce Department additionally took motion towards entities positioned in Georgia, Malaysia and Turkey for allegedly “diverting or attempting to divert U.S. items to Iran’s military programs.”

“Specifically, these entities are a part of a network used to supply or attempt to supply Iran with U.S-origin items that would ultimately provide material support to Iran’s defense industries, in violation of U.S. export controls,” the discover mentioned.

In whole, the Commerce Department took motion towards 34 entities in China, three in Georgia, one in Malaysia and two in Turkey.

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