Trump sends 11 Chinese companies to ‘no export’ list
The Trump administration yesterday imposed new rules that bans “the export, reexport, and transfer” by U.S. businesses with 11 Chinese companies that independent reports indicate are involved in forced labor and other human rights abuses in China, including DNA collection.
The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) says the banned companies are “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.”
According to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute report, Apple, Amazon, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Dell, General Motors, HP, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, Jos. A. Bank, Lacoste, Land’s End, Microsoft, Nautica, Nike, Patagonia, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger all do business with at least one company on the list.
The Uyghur minorities are often sent to factories across China where they are forced to work through holidays, sleep in factory dormitories, attend school at night to learn Mandarin Chinese, and monitored for subversive thoughts. Wives of Uyghur men in forced labor camps are often encouraged to couple with ethnic Han Chinese men by government arrangement, so that their offspring will dilute Uyghur genes, in a technique called “gene washing.”
The government also collects biometric information on workers so they can keep monitoring them through remote means like facial recognition technology and DNA.
“Beijing actively promotes the reprehensible practice of forced labor and abusive DNA collection and analysis schemes to repress its citizens,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This action will ensure that our goods and technologies are not used in the Chinese Communist Party’s despicable offensive against defenseless Muslim minority populations.”
Beijing is engaged in a massive nationwide DNA collection campaign that will allow them to identify how every person in China is related to every other person. The Communist Party says the DNA being used to solve crimes, but critics say it’s used to harass the families of political opponents.
“This collection has nothing to do with crime — it has to do with oppression,” says Maya Wang, a researcher at the non-profit group Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong, according to Nature.
The Trump administration has been expanding restrictions on American companies doing business with China even as American companies are already looking to decouple with the Asian titan.
For the first half of the year, U.S.-China trade fell off by 10 percent versus last year.
Although China has recently made record purchases of U.S. corn, trade relations continue to be rocky between the U.S. and China owing to conflicts over Hong Kong, the South China Sea, COVID-19, Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property and China’s human rights abuses.
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