Biden officials said on Thursday they were imposing new sanctions on several Chinese biotech companies and observers and government agencies over measures in Xinjiang province, the latest move against Beijing over human rights abuses in the Uyghur Muslim region in the western region of the country.
The Department of Commerce has directed the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and its 11 research institutes focusing on using biotechnology to support Chinese troops.
The move prevents U.S. companies from selling entities without a license.
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China "prefers to use this technology to control its own people and its pressure on members of ethnic and religious minorities," Trade Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement. "We will not allow U.S. assets, technology, and software that supports medical science and biotechnical inventions to divert the use of the U.S. security system."
Separately, the Treasury Department has announced that it is placing DJI, the world's largest drone manufacturer, and seven other Chinese companies on the banned list of investors for allegedly being involved in biometric hiring and tracking of Uyghurs.
The rating means that people in the U.S. they will be prohibited from purchasing or selling publicly traded securities associated with companies.
DJI dominates the global market for small, low-cost drones used by hobbyists, photographers, and many businesses and governments.
Other companies added to the Treasury list are banned image recognition company Megvii, computer software manufacturer Dawning Information Industry, face recognition cloud CloudWalk Technology, cybersecurity team Xiamen Meiya Pico, intelligence company Yitu Technology and cloud computing companies Leon Technology and NetPosa Technologies.
The US intelligence service has found that Beijing has set up a state-of-the-art surveillance system across Xinjiang that uses biometric detection and has collected DNA samples from all citizens, ages 12 to 65, in Xinjiang as part of a planned crackdown on high-ranking Uyghurs, according to a senior official. management who reported the matter to a journalist on condition of anonymity.
The Department of Commerce, in line with its decision-making policy, said a review by several government agencies found that China's higher education institutions and research institutes "use biotechnology procedures to support end-to-end use of Chinese troops and end users, including brain-controlled weapons."
The White House announced last week that it would hold talks to boycott the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing "China's gross human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang." American athletes will continue to compete but Biden will not send a regular team of dignitaries.
Managers also said this week that they support a bipartisan law barring entry into the US from Xinjiang unless companies can show that goods are not produced by force.
China has denied the allegations and said the steps we have taken are important to combat terrorism and the separatist organization.