AXIOS FUTURE Steve Levine
An Uighur woman holding the Chinese flag. Photo: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
"Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control," the N.Y. Times Sui-Lee Wee reports.
Details, per NYT:
"China wants to make the country’s Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, more subservient to the Communist Party.""Collecting genetic material is a key part of China’s campaign ...
[A] DNA database could be used to chase down any Uighurs who resist conforming."
"[S]cientists affiliated with China’s police used equipment made by [Massachusetts-based] Thermo Fisher [and] relied on genetic material from people around the world that was provided by [Yale geneticist] Kenneth Kidd."
China: Minority Region Collects DNA from Millions(Human Rights Watch)