The United States has placed yet another set of sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for its abuse of Uyghur Muslims.
The new sanctions come from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). They are targeting China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, including its 11 research institutes that focus on using biotechnology to support the Chinese military. Huawei also made the list again, further refining already imposed sanctions.
This essentially prevents any American company from doing business with the sanctioned entity without express approval via government licensure.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo said in the official statement:
“The scientific pursuit of biotechnology and medical innovation can save lives. Unfortunately, the PRC is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control over its people and its repression of members of ethnic and religious minority groups. 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 U.S. will continue to stand strong against efforts by the PRC and Iran to turn tools that can help humanity prosper into implements that threaten global security and stability.”
China isn’t the only country to receive new sanctions. According to the text of final rule, BIS is also taking action against entities operating in the PRC, Georgia, Malaysia, and Turkey for diverting or attempting to divert U.S. items to Iran’s military programs.2021-27406
The United States has been sanctioning China for its abuses against the Uyghur since at least 2019. Several acts were passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2019 and 2020. President Donald Trump eventually signed one into law on June 17, 2020, making the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 official.
China continues to deny that they are guilty of any wrongdoing even though the United States and other countries continue to place sanctions.
Just last month, the United States Holocaust Museum claimed to have evidence of China’s increasing repression of the Uyghur people.
The chairman of the museum’s Committee on Conscience, Tom Bernstein, said at the time, “The Chinese government has done its best to keep information about crimes against the Uyghurs from seeing the light of day. The Chinese government must halt its attacks on the Uyghur people and allow independent international monitors to investigate and ensure that the crimes have stopped.”
The United States is also diplomatically boycotting the Beijing Olympics in a stand against the abuse, though American athletes will still be able to participate.
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