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.