President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee refunded a $500 donation from former California Sen. Barbara Boxer after she registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese firm that monitors the detention camps holding Uyghur Muslims, according to a report on Tuesday.
The former Democratic lawmaker, who was succeeded by Vice President-elect Sen. Kamala Harris, registered as a foreign agent to provide “strategic consulting services” to Chinese company Hikvision’s subsidiary in the US, Axios reported.
Boxer, who served in the Senate from 1993 to 2017, heads up the company’s Los Angeles office.
Hikvision was one of about 20 Chinese companies the Pentagon identified as either owned by or have deep ties to the Communist People’s Liberation Army.
The Commerce Department put the companies, including Huawei, on a blacklist in October 2019 that bars them from buying components from US companies without the approval of the federal government.
Boxer registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice through the lobbying firm she joined last year, Mercury Public Affairs, the Daily Caller reported.
Hikvision is controlled by state-owned China Electronic Technology Group and its cameras have been installed at internment camps in Xinjiang, where more than a million Uyghurs are being held in horrendous prison-like conditions as forced labor.
“When I am asked to provide strategic advice to help a company operate in a more responsible and humane manner consistent with U.S. law in spirit and letter, it is an opportunity to make things better while helping protect and create American jobs,” Boxer told Axios.
Biden, who has referred to China’s treatment of the Uyghurs as “genocide,” will face pressure when he takes office next week to continue the Trump administration’s tough trade policies with China and take action against Beijing’s crackdowns on minority populations.
Requests for comments from the inaugural committee by The Post were not immediately returned.
Biden inauguration gives back donation from Chinese-linked California ex-Senator The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.