President Trump’s administration should ban the export to China of technology that can be used for surveillance, a pair of Republican lawmakers urged Wednesday.
“U.S. companies should not be assisting in the expansion of China’s systems for surveillance, detection, and detention, or be complicit in what are gross violations of internationally recognized human rights occurring daily in the XUAR,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, the Republican co-chairs of a congressional panel dedicated to China, wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Chinese repression in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has drawn international condemnation and the attention of Rubio and Smith’s Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The crackdown on internal dissidents plays into the Communist Party’s efforts to implement a critical infrastructure agenda through Central Asia, which also aids Chinese efforts to expand influence abroad.