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US warns businesses of heightened risks on China's Xinjiang province
The 36-page "Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory" renews the warning first issued in July 2020 by the Trump administration, declaring that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against minority religious and ethnic groups in the northeast of the country.

The report warns that the Chinese government's atrocities against the Uyghur population are so extensive, American businesses and individuals are encouraged to exit "supply chains, ventures and/or investments" connected to Xinjiang or risk breaking U.S. law.

reference "Risks and Considerations for Businesses and Individuals with Exposure to Entities
Engaged in Forced Labor and other Human Rights Abuses linked to Xinjiang, China
... The "Strike Hard against Violent Terrorism Campaign," launched by the PRC government in 2014, primarily in Xinjiang, has been used to justify the collection of biometric data from all Xinjiang residents ages 12 to 65. Authorities have collected DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types, and are centralizing this information in cloud databases. Furthermore, during what Xinjiang officials advertised as free health checks, residents' faces were scanned, blood was drawn, and fingerprints were collected. Voice samples of individuals are also being collected when they apply for passports, raising further concerns about privacy. This involuntarily collected biometric data is linked to individuals' identification numbers and centralized in searchable databases used by police. ...
How Big a Security Threat Does China Face as Taliban Draws Closer to Border With Xinjiang?
With the US-led troops withdrawing from Afghanistan at a faster pace and the Taliban continuing to gain ground, some Western media have been hyping the so-called "China's fears." They said the Taliban is now on China's border, stoking instability in Xinjiang.

France 24 reported that China is worried about attacks on Afghanistan's border near China's Xinjiang, and claimed China's anti-terrorism measures have "spawned blowback".

However, Cao Wei, an expert on security studies at Lanzhou University, told the Global Times that it is highly unlikely that extremists and terrorist groups will enter China from the Wakhan corridor.  

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 06:29:32 PM EST
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