Airbnb lists rentals in Xinjiang on land owned by US-sanctioned organization: report

Airbnb offers rentals in Xinjiang on land owned by a US-sanctioned organization, according to an Axios survey.

Axes found over a dozen rental properties to land owned by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC).

The organization has been sanctioned by the Trump administration for what the United States describes as genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the region. The sanction prohibits US companies from any financial transaction with XPCC involving property.

Airbnb did not disclose the properties to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which is responsible for enforcing the sanctions, but told Axios it does not believe the sanctions apply. to announcements.

“We take our obligation to comply with US Treasury rules very seriously. OFAC rules require Airbnb to screen the parties we do business with, not the underlying landowners,” the holder said. word of Airbnb, Christopher Nulty, in a statement to The Hill.

“We screen all hosts and guests against World Government Watchlists, including the OFAC Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, including Hosts associated with lists raised by Axios,” Nulty added. .

Airbnb made about $ 6,500 from the listings found by Axios over the past year, while five of the listings had no reservations during that time period.

The company is also among the high profile sponsors of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The Biden administration is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Games to protest the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

The Hill has contacted the Treasury Department for comment.

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