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Rubio Calls for Sanctions on Chinese Tech Company Facilitating CCP and Iranian Repression

Government and Politics

December 2, 2022


Rubio Calls for Sanctions on Chinese Tech Company Facilitating CCP and Iranian Repression

Chinese technology company Tiandy’s products are used by the Chinese Communist Party to track and torture Uyghur Muslims and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Recent reports reveal Tiandy sells the same technology to the Iranian regime, which may be using it to punish peaceful Iranian protesters.   

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, calling on their departments to determine whether Tiandy’s actions merit U.S. sanctions.

-“Recent reporting has shed light on Chinese technology company Tiandy and its support of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) surveillance regime, which allows Beijing to carry out systemic human rights abuses. Tiandy has also reportedly exported its technology outside of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including to other authoritarian regimes.” 

-“Tiandy is not currently subject to U.S. sanctions or restrictive economic measures. In light of the company’s reported operations in both the XUAR and Iran, I request that you determine and report to the Congress whether Tiandy has engaged in conduct that may meet the criteria for designation pursuant to the authorities provided by Congress. Additionally, if your review determines Tiandy has engaged in conduct that meets the designation criteria, I urge you to take appropriate action at once.”

Want more information? Read the full text of the letter.