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US imposes sanctions on China for mistreatment of Uyghurs

The Biden administration said Thursday it will impose new sanctions on several Chinese biotech and surveillance companies over their actions in Xinjiang, in the latest move against Beijing over human rights abuses in China. Uyghur Muslims In the western region of the country.

The Ministry of Commerce is targeting the Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences and its 11 research institutes focused on using biotechnology to support the Chinese military.

The Treasury is also expected to issue sanctions against several Chinese entities, according to a senior administrative official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the soon-to-be-announced moves.

The official, who explained the Commerce Department’s actions, noted that US intelligence had determined that Beijing had set up a high-tech surveillance system across Xinjiang that used biometric facial recognition and collected DNA samples from the entire population, ages 12 to 65. , in the Xinjiang region. An organized effort to suppress the Uyghurs.

The White House announced last week that it would conduct a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, citing “gross human rights violations and atrocities in Xinjiang.” American athletes will continue to compete, but Biden will not send the usual group of superstars.

The administration also said this week that it supports bipartisan legislation that would ban imports into the United States from Xinjiang unless companies prove that the goods were not manufactured through forced labor.

China has denied any violations and says the measures it has taken are necessary to combat terrorism and the separatist movement.

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