Friday, January 28, 2022

US Accuses China of Developing Brain-Control Weapons

China has been accused of resorting to unethical and unfair activities by U.S. government entities for quite some time. Even the governments of other countries have spoken out against the Asian nation for its gross human rights violations and aggression shown to neighboring countries. However, the U.S. has now accused China of developing unprecedented brain-control weapons that could have far-reaching consequences.

As a result, the Academy of Military Medical Sciences of China along with 11 affiliated biotechnology research entities have been put on the export blacklist by the Biden administration. Allegedly, these entities have been aiding the Chinese military in creating brain-control weapons.

Since the companies have been placed on the U.S. Commerce Department’s blacklist, U.S. companies cannot export U.S.-origin technologies to the Chinese institutions anymore. A senior U.S. official added China had been using emerging biotechnologies to create future military applications that involved brain-machine interfaces and genetic changes. The head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Michael Orlando, said Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. technologies in several sectors including biotechnology have to be thwarted. 

US believes China will use brain-control weapons to control citizens

Gina Raimondo, the U.S. commerce secretary, also believes China will use brain-control weapons and technology to keep a firm grip on its citizens and ethnic minority groups will be victims. Not only that, in the future, it may use such technology to paralyze enemy soldiers. She said: “Unfortunately, the People’s Republic of China is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control over its people and its repression of members of ethnic and religious minority groups. We cannot allow U.S. commodities, technologies and software that support medical science and biotechnical innovation to be diverted toward uses contrary to U.S. national security.”

U.S. officials believe China will use brain-control weapons to keep a firm grip on its citizens and ethnic minority groups including Uyghur Muslims.
U.S. officials believe China will use brain control technology to keep a firm grip on its citizens and ethnic minority groups including Uyghur Muslims. (Image: Paop via Dreamstime)

The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted five dozen Chinese groups and U.S. investors will no longer be able to deal with these entities. These include the biggest commercial drone manufacturer in the world, DJI. Other notable banned Chinese entities include CloudWalk and Megvii, both of whom manufacture facial recognition software apps. Dawning Information Industry, a supercomputer maker, has also been banned. Others are NetPosa Technologies, Leon Technology, and Xiamen Meiya Pico. Earlier, facial recognition software maker SenseTime was put on the blacklist. In the near future, the list may be lengthened.

DJI’s investors include large U.S. venture capital firms like Accel and Kleiner Perkins. GGV Capital, another venture firm that earlier invested in Megvii said it will adhere to the relevant rules and regulations. SenseTime’s U.S. investors include Qualcomm Ventures, Glade Brook Capital Partners, and Silver Lake.

SenseTime logo on mobile device.
SenseTime’s U.S. investors include Qualcomm Ventures, Glade Brook Capital Partners, and Silver Lake. (Image: Rafael Henrique via Dreamstime)

Former U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at China for abusing human rights and maltreating the Uyghur Muslims in the northwestern region, a charge that was refuted by Beijing strongly. The Biden administration has also accused China of resorting to genocide. This, in fact, prompted the White House to plan a boycott of official representation at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. U.S. officials think Chinese authorities are deploying biometric facial recognition tech for mass surveillance in its territory, especially the Xinjiang autonomous region. 

As expected, the Chinese embassy in Washington refuted the U.S. allegations about Xinjiang and abusing biotechnology. The embassy spokesperson said: “China always opposes U.S. moves to overstretch the concept of national security and exert unwarranted suppression on Chinese companies and research institutions.”

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Max Lu
Max Lu is an author who specializes in Asian geopolitics.
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