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Biden administration blacklists Chinese biotech firms over human rights abuses

The Biden administration on Thursday imposed export restrictions on a number of Chinese biotechnology firms and organizations it mentioned are concerned in China’s efforts to deploy biotechnology for army functions and human rights abuses.

The Commerce Department mentioned it was including 34 Chinese entities to its Entity List, which means that U.S. firms can not export to the businesses with no license.

The group contains the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in China and its eleven associated analysis institutes, which the Biden administration mentioned are utilizing biotechnology to assist China’s army. Commerce additionally imposed restrictions on three entities in Georgia, one in Malaysia and two in Turkey.

“Unfortunately, the PRC [People’s Republic of China] is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control over its people and its repression of members of ethnic and religious minority groups,” Commerce Secretary Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoBiden nominates Meg Whitman as ambassador to Kenya Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Shipwreck sends waste 1000’s of miles Buttigieg has excessive identify recognition, favorability score in Biden Cabinet: survey MORE mentioned in a press release. “We cannot allow U.S. commodities, technologies, and software that support medical science and biotechnical innovation to be diverted toward uses contrary to U.S. national security.”The Associated Press reported that the Treasury Department can also be anticipated to announce new sanctions towards Chinese entities concerned in using know-how to facilitate human rights abuses. China has used facial recognition know-how to focus on Uyghur Muslims. 

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The actions are the newest in a sequence of efforts by the Biden administration to impose prices on China for its therapy towards Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

The White House not too long ago introduced that it might stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing by not sending any official illustration to the video games, citing Beijing’s human rights abuses.

The White House has additionally backed a bipartisan measure that simply handed Congress aimed toward countering China’s genocide towards Uyghurs. The invoice was blocked by Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley — Here come the state-sponsored hackers Wyden blocks advancing Uyghur invoice, Biden nominees over baby tax credit score US lawmakers name for Israeli spy ware agency, different teams to be sanctioned MORE (D-Ore.) this week in an effort to increase the expiring baby tax credit score, however handed by unanimous consent on Thursday. 

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