That the Chinese government has the gall to call this voluntary infuriates me to no end. "'if blood wasn’t collected, we would be listed as a black household,’ he said last year, and it would deprive him and his family of benefits like the right to travel and go to a hospital." https://t.co/CMpwSXK2Ql
China is just terrifying. I feel so bad for the people who were born there. Anything negative I feel about the US is magnified times 100 when I look at what the Chinese government is doing. At least there’s anonymous 🙏
Remember when USA citizens were placed in concentration camps because they were of Japanese ancestry and had slanted eyes?
Remember when it took the government more than 50 years to even acknowledge that as not OK while "politely" telling people who wanted compensations to fuck off?
Remember when hundreds of thousands of people were sterilized over nothing?
Remember when blacks were left out to die of treatable syphilis?
Go fuck yourself.
Not sure what your opinions are on whether China actually fabricated COVID-19, but this will allow them to create a virus that targets specific individuals. It is incredibly possible to make a virus lethal to only specific genetic markers.
I think there's something very fishy going on and it's all over our heads. Here on tv there is a program about "hidden family history", pretty much promoting dna sampling/ research. 4chan/pol/ had lots and lots of dna-ancestry/pure heritage threads, daily. 23Andme ceo is family of the google ceo, and that's closely tied to the us govt.
I mean it’s currently being cross-tested with federal databases from unsolved crimes. Even if you’ve never submitted to a DNA test of any kind, you can be arrested for a crime via DNA evidence if anyone in your extended family has used one of those ancestry services.
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The police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful new tool for their emerging high-tech surveillance state.
They have swept across the country since late 2017 to collect enough samples to build a vast DNA database, according to a new study published on Wednesday by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a research organization, based on documents also reviewed by The New York Times. With this database, the authorities would be able to track down a man’s male relatives using only that man’s blood, saliva or other genetic material.
An American company, Thermo Fisher, is helping: The Massachusetts company has sold testing kits to the Chinese police tailored to their specifications. American lawmakers have criticized Thermo Fisher for selling equipment to the Chinese authorities, but the company has defended its business.
The project is a major escalation of China’s efforts to use genetics to control its people, which had been focused on tracking ethnic minorities and other, more targeted groups. It would add to a growing, sophisticated surveillance net that the police are deploying across the country, one that increasingly includes advanced cameras, facial recognition systems and artificial intelligence.
The police say they need the database to catch criminals and that donors consent to handing over their DNA. Some officials within China, as well as human rights groups outside its borders, warn that a national DNA database could invade privacy and tempt officials to punish the relatives of dissidents and activists. Rights activists argue that the collection is being done without consent because citizens living in an authoritarian state have virtually no right to refuse.
Already, the program is running into an unusual amount of opposition in China.
“The ability of the authorities to discover who is most intimately related to whom, given the context of the punishment of entire families as a result of one person’s activism, is going to have a chilling effect on society as a whole,” said Maya Wang, a China researcher for Human Rights Watch.
The campaign even involves schools. In one southern coastal town in China, young boys offered up their tiny fingers to a police officer with a needle. About 230 miles to the north, officers went from table to table taking blood from schoolboys while the girls watched quizzically.
Jiang Haolin, 31, gave a blood sample, too. He had no choice.
The authorities told Mr. Jiang, a computer engineer from a rural county in northern China, that “if blood wasn’t collected, we would be listed as a ‘black household,’” he said last year, and it would deprive him and his family of benefits like the right to travel and go to a hospital.
Tracking China’s Males
The Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples from men and boys for one simple reason: They commit more crimes, statistics show.
The impetus for the campaign can be traced back to a crime spree in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. For nearly three decades, the police there investigated the rapes and murders of 11 women and girls, one as young as 8. They collected 230,000 fingerprints and sifted through more than 100,000 DNA samples. They offered a $28,000 reward.
Then, in 2016, they arrested a man on unrelated bribery charges, according to the state news media. Analyzing his genes, they found he was related to a person who had left his DNA at the site of the 2005 killing of one of the women. That person, Gao Chengyong, confessed to the crimes and was later executed.
Mr. Gao’s capture spurred the state media to call for the creation of a national database of male DNA. The police in Henan Province showed it was possible, after amassing samples from 5.3 million men, or roughly 10 percent of the province’s male population, between 2014 and 2016. In November 2017, the Ministry of Public Security, which controls the police, unveiled plans for a national database.
China already holds the world’s largest trove of genetic material, totaling 80 million profiles, according to state media. But earlier DNA gathering efforts were often more focused. Officials targeted criminal suspects or groups they considered potentially destabilizing, like migrant workers in certain neighborhoods. The police have also gathered DNA from ethnic minority groups like the Uighurs as a way to tighten the Communist Party’s control over them.
Let's not disregard here the "breed ready" open database of chinese women that got leaked last year.
To me, it looks like they are looking for "breed ready" males this time so they can complete their breeding program and finally be the superior race.
It's really a shame. Sure, today it's Uighur muslims which the large majority of Chinese people are "othering" right now. But after that, they will of course find a new "other", and another one. And since no one is speaking up for it this time, there won't be anyone to defend the next group.
This isn't the first time their name has had ties to china's darker side. (Both sides are dark.) Thermo was also selling tech being used at the uighur camps like a year ago.
My wife is chinese and worked ar Thermofisher for a couple years. Before she left, one of the things that made us both think it was time for her to leave was a presentation about intellectual property that continued into the hall afterwards and made my wife feel uncomfortable. It was clearly racist and she was profiled; especially since she had no access or rights to any of the intellectual property they discussed in the presentation.