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US accuses China of developing ‘brain control weapons’


The US has put China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences and 11 biotechnology research institutes on an export blacklist for allegedly helping the Chinese military develop “brain control” weapons.

On December 16, the US Department of Commerce put research institutes on an “entity list” to prevent US companies from exporting US-origin technology to Chinese organizations.

Regarding this issue, Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce said: “China is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control of its people and oppress members of ethnic minority groups. and religion”.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Photo: Reuters

China is using emerging biotechnologies to try to develop future military applications including “gene editing, human performance enhancement and brain-computer interface”.

Michael Orlando, head of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), recently said that the US is warning companies about China’s efforts to acquire American technology in five key areas. , including biotechnology.

On December 16, the US Treasury Department added DJI, the world’s largest maker of commercial drones, and seven other groups to its list of “Chinese military-industrial complex companies” for being banned. allegedly participating in facilitating surveillance of the Uighurs in Xinjiang.

American investors are prohibited from investing in any of the fifty Chinese groups currently blacklisted by the Treasury Department.

Targets include Megvii and CloudWalk Technology, two facial recognition software companies, and Dawning Information Industry, a supercomputer maker that operates cloud computing services in Xinjiang.

Other companies also blacklisted in the US include Xiamen Meiya Pico, a cybersecurity group that works with law enforcement, Yitu Technology, an artificial intelligence (AI) company, Leon Technology , a cloud computing company, and NetPosa Technologies, a manufacturer of cloud-based surveillance systems.

The actions by the US Commerce and Treasury Departments are the latest attempt by the Biden administration to make it harder for the Chinese military to develop technology that could compromise US national security.

On December 16, the US Senate passed legislation banning US companies from importing goods from the Northwest unless they can prove that forced labor is not used. The White House has supported the bill passed by the House of Representatives.

In addition to Chinese research institutes, the US Department of Commerce has added 22 other groups of Chinese to its entity list. Some have been targeted for their role in developing undersea communications cables, which is the focus of China.

Phan Van Hoa (according to Nikkei)

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