“The current appointments are the latest action by the U.S. government in a continued effort to deter human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the most vocal of the hawks, said Friday. of China.
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Frequently asked questions
Updated July 27, 2020
Do I have to refinance my mortgage?
- It might be a good idea, because mortgage rates have never been lower. Refinancing applications have pushed mortgage applications to one of the highest levels since 2008, so be prepared to stay online. But there are also defaults, so if you plan to buy a home, keep in mind that some lenders have tightened their standards.
What will school be like in September?
- Many schools are unlikely to return to a normal schedule this fall, requiring continuing online education, significant child care, and continuing working hours. The two largest public school districts in California, Los Angeles and San Diego, said on July 13 that instruction will be remote only in the fall, and was concerned that coronavirus infections in their areas pose a too serious a risk for students and teachers. Altogether, the two districts enroll about 825,000 students. They are the largest in the country so far to abandon plans for even a partial physical return to classrooms when they reopen in August. For other districts, the solution will not be a total or no approach. Many systems, including the largest in the country, New York, are designing hybrid plans that involve spending a few days in classrooms and other days online. At this time, there is still no national policy. So check with your municipal school system regularly to see what happens in your community.
Is the coronavirus airborne?
- The coronavirus can remain high for hours in small droplets in stagnant air, infecting inhaled people, providing higher scientific evidence. This risk is higher in crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation and can help explain the outreach events of parcel plants, churches, and restaurants. It is unclear 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, dir Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech aerosol expert. Aerosols are released even when an asymptomatic person exhales, talks or sings, according to Dr. Marr and more than 200 other experts, who have detailed the evidence in an open letter to the World Health Organization.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Does asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 occur?
- So far, the evidence seems to prove it. A widely published paper in April suggests that people are more infectious about two days before the onset of coronavirus symptoms and estimates that 44 percent of new infections were the result of transmission from people who did not yet have them. symptoms. Recently, a World Health Organization expert stated that the transmission of coronavirus by asymptomatic people was “very rare,” but later backed down.
Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp. was founded in 1954 as a People’s Liberation Army-related group that would oversee the deployment of a large number of Han ethnic citizens, many of them military veterans, to Xinjiang to build farms. factories and villages that would allow. China to consolidate control of the important border region and the numerous ethnic groups that exist. As of 2009, the group, which reports directly to Beijing, had an annual output of $ 7 billion worth of goods and services, and settlements and entities overseen by the bingtuan or corps of soldiers included five cities, 180 farming 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 associated with Xinjiang politics, including Chen Quanguo, the region’s party leader and a 25-member Chinese Communist Party political party member. This move was largely symbolic, but it sent a stronger message than an October 2019 action in which the administration placed 28 Chinese companies and police departments that were believed to be associated with Xinjiang abuses in a blacklist that prohibits American companies from selling technology and other products. without license. At the time, the State Department was also announcing visa restrictions on some Chinese officials.
On July 20, the Trump administration added 11 new Chinese entities, including companies that supply major U.S. brands such as Apple, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, to the list that restricts them from buying U.S. products, saying the companies were complicit in human rights violations in Xinjiang. This brought to 48 the total number of Chinese companies and security units on the list of US entities for Xinjiang-related violations.
On July 1, the administration warned companies with supply chains passing through Xinjiang to consider the reputational, economic and legal risks of doing so.
The Associated Press reported on July 3 that U.S. customs and border protection agents in New York had seized 13 tons of hair tissue and other beauty products suspected of being made by detainees in a camp. internally from Xinjiang. The products were worth approximately $ 800,000. In May, the agency conducted a seizure of similar products that were imported by companies in Georgia and Texas, to be sold at salons and individuals throughout the United States.