According to recent reports, different federal agencies of Joe Biden’s U.S. government have made technology purchases from a Chinese firm linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is on the list of companies from which the government has been banned from making purchases since the 2019 Defense Spending legislation was implemented during the Trump era.
Despite the federal ban, Fox News reported, U.S. government agencies have reportedly purchased surveillance technology from the firm Lorex, a subsidiary of controversial Chinese firm Dahua Technology.
Dahua Technology is one of several Chinese-based companies that were included on the list of firms banned from marketing technology to the U.S. government under the 2019 defense spending bill, citing fears that the Chinese regime could use the devices to conduct espionage.
The Dahua firm was additionally placed on a federal list of companies that have trade restrictions because the company is linked to the Chinese government’s efforts to suppress the Uighur population in China’s Xinjiang region.
As records released by Fox News show, federal agencies spent thousands of dollars on Lorex video surveillance equipment, including the Drug Enforcement Agency, which purchased Lorex hard drives in May through a Washington, DC technology supplier.
Records also show that the Department of the Army and the Defense Department’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service also purchased Lorex equipment.
The news broke a day after Senate Democrats, in a last-minute intervention, excluded a bill banning the importation of goods made by millions of people detained in concentration camps by the Chinese Communist regime.
According to a memo from Senate leaders, the bill, which was being promoted as the Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act, was excluded from the annual defense appropriations bill, the Washington Free Beacon reported Dec. 2.
Despite the bill’s importance to human rights advocacy and its Republican backing, it was dropped under the influence of the Biden administration and apparent fear of retaliation by the Chinese regime.
“But Democrats excluded the amendment from a vote late Wednesday night, after members of the party privately objected to it,” sources told the Free Beacon.
Limiting imports would bring drawbacks to meeting the Biden administration’s climate agenda, as the world’s major solar panel industries work in China and use Uighurs. The CCP is fiercely persecuting them, using them as labor.
If the import of products made by Uighur slave labor is banned, the risk of shortages is high, and the chance of not meeting the administration’s climate targets increases.
The bill managed to pass unanimously in the Senate in July but has stalled in the House of Representatives. Rubio reintroduced the bill as an amendment to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act in an attempt to force the House to vote on it finally.