US lawmakers urge export restrictions targeting Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — Two U.S. lawmakers are urging the extension of tougher American export restrictions to prevent sales of equipment that could be used in China’s massive security clampdown targeting the Xinjiang region’s native Muslim population.

Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Chris Smith said in a letter Wednesday to the commerce secretary that they want foreign entities, including businesses, research institutions, government and private organizations, and individuals seen as profiting from the clampdown added to a watch list.

Dozens of Chinese companies are already on the “Entity List,” though none with an explicit, direct link to the oppression in Xinjiang.

The U.S. has long maintained restrictions on the export of crime control and detection equipment to China.

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