On June 14, Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Republican, Arkansas) warned President Joe Biden that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) may try to collect DNA samples of the victims. American athletes competing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
In a letter to US President Joe Biden, Senator Cotton wrote that the CCP considers “DNA sampling an important intelligence-gathering target”. In addition, Mr. Cotton also called on the government to take precautions to protect athletes.
He wrote: “In 2022, thousands of world-class athletes will gather to compete in China. Their DNA will be an irresistible target for the CCP. As a result, we can expect that the Chinese government will attempt to collect genetic samples from Olympic athletes at the Games, perhaps disguised as illegal drug testing or COVID-19”.
In a speech In the Senate on June 15, Cotton called for a boycott of the Olympic Games in cases where “the safety, security and privacy of our athletes cannot be guaranteed”.
If the safety, security, and privacy of our athletes cannot be guaranteed, the United States must adopt a total and complete boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. pic.twitter.com/G6mmTLutmQ
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 15, 2021
Cotton emphasized that the CCP is said to have conducted experiments to develop bio-enhanced soldiers and intends to use mass DNA data to promote the emergence of biotech companies. study Chinese.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment on the matter.
Through the letter, Cotton outlined a number of threats American athletes would face if they traveled to China, including surveillance and arbitrary detention. The senator warned that members of the US Olympic delegation who spoke out against the CCP’s human rights abuses would be more at risk of being arbitrarily detained.
He called on new President Joe Biden to disclose the efforts being made to prepare for threats and whether the CCP cooperates with this preparation. The senator also questioned whether China was complying with media requests for coverage of events.
Mr Cotton wrote: “In light of the risks to the US delegation, the US Government and Olympic Committee must carefully prepare to ensure the safety and security of all Americans participating in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.”.
Cotton is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The Chairman and senior member of the SSCI issued a rare bipartisan joint statement in December 2020, with the aim of warning about the national security threat posed by the CCP.
Senators Mark Warner (Democrat, Virginia) and Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida) said: “We agree with US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that the CCP poses the greatest national security threat to the US. Our intelligence is clear: the CCP will not end its global domination.”, which refers to the US Director of National Intelligence under former US President Donald Trump, Mr. John Ratcliffe.
“Beijing’s intrusion into American society is covert and deliberate. They have used every tool of influence available to accelerate their rise to the detriment of the United States.”.
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