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China's use of AI in Xinjiang is 'future of oppression': US envoy

Brownback eyes sanctions on high-tech Chinese companies

Ambassador Sam Brownback speaks to Nikkei in Washington. (Photo by Ryo Nakamura)

WASHINGTON -- Advanced surveillance technology aided by artificial intelligence and massive DNA data will be the "future of oppression" by police states, Sam Brownback, the U.S. envoy in charge of international religious freedom, warned in an interview with Nikkei.

Denouncing Beijing's use of such technologies in the crackdown of Uighurs, a Muslim minority in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Brownback called the situation "tragic and unprecedented in modern times."

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