- The Biden administration declared Thursday that it is imposing new sanctions on several Chinese biotech and surveillance firms for their actions in Xinjiang province.
- The latest step against Beijing for human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in the country’s western region.
The Commerce Department focuses on China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences and its 11 research institutes that use biotechnology to support the Chinese military.
According to a senior administration authorized who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the soon-to-be-announced moves, the Treasury Department is also planning to levy penalties against several Chinese entities.
In explaining the commerce department’s actions, the official stated that US intelligence has established. That Beijing has set up a high-technology surveillance strategy across Xinjiang that utilizes biometric facial recognition and has collected dna samples from all residents in Xinjiang, ages 12 to 65, as part of a systematic effort to suppress Uyghurs.
Last week, the White House announced a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing China’s “egregious human rights violations and atrocities in Xinjiang.” Athletes from the United States will compete as usual, but Biden will not send the representative delegation of dignitaries.
This week, the administration also stated that it supports bipartisan legislation that prohibits Xinjiang imports into the United States unless companies can demonstrate that the goods were not produced using forced labour.
China has denied any wrongdoing and claims that its measures are necessary to combat terrorism and a separatist movement.
Source: Indian express
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