Barbara Boxer Registers To Lobby For Chinese Firm Blacklisted Over Surveillance Of Uyghurs

Jan 12, 2021 by

Barbara Boxer has registered as a foreign agent for Hikvision USA, the American subsidiary of a Chinese surveillance company.

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Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer has registered as a foreign agent for Hikvision USA, the American subsidiary of a Chinese surveillance company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. government.

Boxer, a Democrat, registered the work through Mercury Public Affairs, the prominent lobbying firm that she joined as a consultant early last year.

Boxer’s registration form, filed through the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, says she will be “providing strategic counsel” to Hikvision, which produces surveillance equipment for the Chinese government and Chinese military.

The Trump administration has cracked down on investments in firms linked to the Chinese government, including Hikvision and Huawei.

The Commerce Department added Hikvision to a trade blacklist on Oct. 8, 2019, for “repression, mass arbitrary detention and high-technology surveillance” of Muslim Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province.

Hikvision, in which the Chinese government holds a 42% stake, also produces many of the cameras used to monitor U.S. military bases, streets and homes, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Nov. 12, 2017. (RELATED: Chinese Cameras Monitor US Bases, Streets, Homes)

Boxer’s work on the Hikvision account for Mercury could signal that the lobbying firm, which was founded by former Republican Rep. Vin Weber, wants to use a prominent Democrat for more of its government outreach.

Though Hikvision has been accused of being a tool of the repressive Chinese Community Party, Mercury hailed Boxer in an announcement of her hiring on Jan. 7, 2020, for crafting “policies to help improve our democracy” when she served in the Senate.

Boxer served as senator from 1993 until she retired in 2017. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was elected to replace Boxer in the Senate in November 2016.

Boxer initially endorsed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Democratic presidential primary. She endorsed Biden on March 1, 2020, according to a Biden campaign statement put out ahead of the California primary.

According to Boxer’s FARA registration, she contributed $500 to Biden’s presidential inauguration fund.

David Vitter, a former Republican senator for Louisiana, is also a registered lobbyist for Hikvision. The Washington Post reported in October 2019 that Vitter complained in a company conference call about the Trump administration’s “assaults” against Hikvision.

Source: Barbara Boxer Registers To Lobby For Chinese Firm Blacklisted Over Surveillance Of Uyghurs | The Daily Caller

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