“Today’s markings are the latest action by the U.S. government in an ongoing effort to curb human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, China’s most vocal hawk, said in a statement Friday.
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated July 27, 2020
Do I have to refinance my mortgage?
- It may be a good idea because mortgage rates have never been lower. Refinancing applications have pushed mortgage applications to some of the highest levels since 2008, so be prepared to comply. But default values have also risen, so if you’re thinking of buying a home, keep in mind that some lenders have tightened their standards.
What will the school look like in September?
- It is unlikely that many schools will return to their normal schedules this fall, which will require a grind of online learning, quick childcare and busy workdays. California’s two largest public school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, said on July 13 that education would be suspended only in the fall, citing fears that growing coronavirus infections in their neighborhoods pose too great a risk to students and teachers. Together, the two districts enroll about 825,000 students. They are the largest in the country so far, abandoning plans for even a partial physical return to the classrooms when they reopen in August. For other areas, the solution will not be complete or nothing. Many systems, including the country’s largest, New York, are creating hybrid plans that include spending a few days in classrooms and other days online. There is still no national policy on this issue, so check with your municipal school system regularly to see what is happening in your community.
Is the coronavirus in the air?
- Coronavirus can persist for hours in tiny droplets in stagnant air, infecting people as they inhale, scientific evidence shows. This risk is highest in crowded indoor areas with poor ventilation and can help explain events that spread very well, which are reported in meat packages, churches and restaurants. It is not clear how often the virus spreads through these small droplets or aerosols, compared to larger droplets that are expelled when a sick person coughs or sneezes, or is transmitted through contact with contaminated surfaces, said Lincy Marr, an aerosol expert. from Virginia Tech. Aerosols are released even when an asymptomatic person exhales, speaks or sings, according to Dr. Marr and more than 200 other experts who have outlined the evidence in an open letter to the World Health Organization.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Is there asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19?
- So far, the evidence seems to show that he is doing so. A widely cited document published in April found that people were most contagious about two days before coronavirus symptoms appeared, and estimated that 44 percent of new infections were the result of transmission from people who did not yet show symptoms. Recently, a top expert from the World Health Organization said that the transmission of coronavirus by people without symptoms is “very rare”, but she later withdrew it.
Xinjiang’s Production and Construction Corps was founded in 1954 as a group affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army to control the deployment of large numbers of Han ethnic citizens, many of them military veterans, in Xinjiang to build farms, factories and cities. which would allow China to consolidate control over the important border region and the many ethnic minority groups there. As of 2009, the group, which reports directly to Beijing, has an annual production of goods and services of $ 7 billion, and settlements and entities controlled by the Bingtoon or military corps include five cities, 180 agricultural communities and 1,000 companies. They also run their own courts, universities and media organizations.
On July 9, the United States imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials linked to Xinjiang’s policies, including Chen Kuangu, the region’s party chief and a member of the 25-member ruling Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party. The move was largely symbolic, but sent a stronger message from an action in October 2019 in which the administration blacklisted 28 Chinese companies and police departments believed to be involved in abuses of Xinjiang to ban American companies to sell them technology and other goods. without a license. At the same time, the State Department also announced visa restrictions for some Chinese officials.
On July 20, the Trump administration added 11 new Chinese organizations, including companies supplying major US brands such as Apple, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, to the list that restricts them from buying US products, saying the companies were complicit in infringing of people in Xinjiang, This led to 48 of the total number of Chinese companies and security units on the list of US legal entities for violations related to Xinjiang.
On July 1, the administration warned supply chain businesses passing through Xinjiang to consider the reputational, economic and legal risks involved.
The Associated Press reported on July 3 that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in New York seized 13 tons of hair and other beauty products suspected of being made by detainees at an internment camp in Xinjiang. The products cost approximately $ 800,000. In May, the agency seized similar products imported from companies in Georgia and Texas to be sold to salons and individuals in the United States.