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World NewsU.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 exterior an organization constructing in Shanghai, China November 16, 2021.

Aly Song | Reuters

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration stated Thursday it imposed commerce restrictions on greater than 30 Chinese analysis institutes and entities over human rights violations and the alleged growth of applied sciences, similar to 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 notice in 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. (*34*) of Commerce Gina Raimondo wrote in an announcement 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 function in modernizing China’s navy, which runs opposite to U.S. nationwide safety and international 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 price the economic system billions of {dollars} in income and hundreds of jobs. They have additionally stated that it threatens nationwide safety. Meanwhile, Beijing maintains that it doesn’t interact in mental property theft.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.

The Commerce Department additionally took motion in opposition to 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 stated.

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

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