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Uighurs: Washington imposes new sanctions against Chinese companies

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Scientific research in biotechnology and medical innovation can save lives. Unfortunately, the People’s Republic of China chooses to use these technologies to control its people and suppress members of ethnic and religious minority groups., lamented the US Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, in a press release.

A total of 37 entities have been added to the list of companies accused of being involved in activities contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States.

The list includes Chinese companies, but also firms from Georgia, Malaysia and Turkey, according to the document due to be published in the official gazette on Friday.

Concretely, Washington has decided to restrict sensitive exports to the Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences and 11 of its research institutes due to its biotechnology work, including so-called brain control weapons, he explains.

Human rights groups have reported that China is exercising unprecedented surveillance of the predominantly Muslim Uighur population in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

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In particular, they reported research usingDeoxyribonucleic acid and artificial intelligence operations for facial recognition.

Research institutes targeted by the latest US actions include centers focused on blood transfusions, bioengineering and toxicology.

Gina Raimondo at a press conference at the White House.

Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce

Photo: dpa via getty images / Mandel Ngan

The United States will continue to strongly oppose efforts by China and Iran to transform tools that contribute to human prosperity into tools that threaten global security and stability.

A quote from Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce

Experts, witnesses and the US government say more than a million Uighurs and other Turkish-speaking Muslims are being held in camps in an attempt to root out their Islamic cultural traditions and forcibly homogenize them.

The United States has called the campaign genocide and, citing human rights concerns, is planning a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

According to Beijing, these are vocational training centers. Chinese officials also say that, like many Western countries, the government is seeking to reduce the appeal of radical Islam following deadly attacks.

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