“Alleged brain control wonry”: USA blacklist Chinese biotech companies for Uighur surveillance

“Alleged brain control wonry”: USA blacklist Chinese biotech companies for Uighur surveillance


The US blacklisted Chinese biotech companies for trying to monitor the Uighur minority.

Trade with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and 11 of its research institutes has been restricted by the US Department of Commerce for its biotechnology work, including “alleged brain control weonry.”

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The US blacklisted Chinese biotech companies for trying to monitor the Uighur minority.

Trade with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and 11 of its research institutes has been restricted by the US Department of Commerce for its biotechnology work, including “alleged brain control weonry.”

According to Trade Minister Gina Raimondo, “The scientific pursuit of biotechnology and medical innovation can save lives. Unfortunately, the PRC is choosing to use these technologies to gain control over its population and the repression of members of ethnic and religious minorities.”

“We cannot allow US goods, technology and software that support medical science and biotechnological innovation to be used for purposes that conflict with US national security,” she said.

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Chinese health and technology company stocks plummeted 3.2 percent from a mainland index that tracks the sector, versus a 0.87 percent decline on the broader index.

In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference that Beijing is against the US “suppression” of its businesses and will be closely monitoring the situation.

The additions come just days after artificial intelligence startup SenseTime Group was added to its treasury list, forcing it to postpone its $ 767 million initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong.

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UN experts and human rights groups estimate that in recent years more than a million people, mainly Uyghurs and members of other Muslim minorities, have been held in a huge camp system in China’s extreme western region of Xinjiang.

Some foreign lawmakers and parliaments have labeled the treatment of Uyghurs genocide, citing evidence of forced sterilizations and deaths in the camps. China denies this, saying that Uighur population growth is above the national average.

(With contributions from agencies)

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