For anyone needing to get a closer inspect on the tangled corruption of US governance and policy on China, here’s a short breakdown.
Trump and his Administration, advised by intelligence agencies shut the door on Huawei, asserting national security interests. Meanwhile economic sanctions on China tighten against an increasingly hostile narrative cautioning on China’s expanding global influence.
Yet while the President struts and postures on China, a corporation who some have claimed he held investments in, is supplying DNA kits to the Chinese regime. So what you may ask that’s just international business.
Well the equipment in question is a vital component of a disturbing policy that’s forcibly taking DNA and blood samples from hundreds of millions across China, and occupied lands such as Tibet and East Turkistan. The aim of this campaign is to assemble a colossal data-base enabling the state even greater control, monitoring and identification. It is genetic surveillance and oppression.
A researcher with Thermo Fisher Scientific stated that:
“The company designed one testing kit to look for the specific genetic markers sought by the Ministry of Public Security, Zhong said, a common industry practice. Another was tailored to distinguish between China’s ethnic groups, including Uighurs (sic) and Tibetans”. (emphasis added) Source
A February 2019 Fortune report claimed that Thermo Fisher Scientific has chosen to stop selling genetic testing equipment in occupied East Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang Province). What of the rest of China? Supplies sold in Beijing are not capable of transport to that region?
One thing for sure there is no consent, people must comply, failure to do so results in arrest beatings, torture and prison.
This worrying reality however does not appear to concern either Trump or the company itself Thermo Fisher Scientific, whose involvement was reported on by human rights organizations.
2 thoughts on “Venality And Double-Standards That Allow U.S Corporation To Service China’s Genetic Tyranny”
I love and support your work, but please please please PROOFREAD your copy before sending out your emails!
The company’s name is ThermoFischer Scientific (it’s in the very photograph you’re using), not “Thermal Fischer Scientific” as in the copy (twice) or “Fischer Thermal Scientific” (once).
This matters because sloppy editing means a lack of caring or a rush to get information out that some people would take as a sign of inadequate planning, lack of organization, and so on. I’ve noticed lapses like this before, but it feels like it’s getting worse. Please take care of this and be more, well, careful.
I refer people to sign up with you and use the information you share for social media posts and discussions. It might sound silly to harp on grammar but the devil is in the details and can hurt credibility.
I’ve been a Tibet supporter for over two decades, have (well, had…this lockdown, man…) ties with communities in Boston and Dharamsala and get a little protective when I see stuff some idiots might use against well-intentioned groups.
Aside from this, you’re doing really great work!
Thanks so much, John Barrett
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Thanks for taking an interest in our site and your obvious support of Tibet. We welcome too your helpful notice of the typo in the post. Such errors blight even the most assiduous and precise of publications including the Times Literary Supplement, and they have a team of dedicated proof-readers :). Our crew is voluntary and changes according to availability, plus the past few months we’ve been relying on access to friends’ laptops as ours got burned out. That said your advice is much appreciated and serves as a helpful reminder to be mindful of the dreaded typographical error. Thanks also for recommending our activism and site to your friends.