U.S. provides 14 Chinese firms, to economic black record about Xinjiang

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outdoors the creating of an American business in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Friday extra 14 Chinese companies and other entities to its economic blacklist above alleged human legal rights abuses and higher-tech surveillance in Xinjiang.

The Commerce Office explained the businesses had been “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass detention, and higher technology surveillance in opposition to Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other users of Muslim minority teams in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.”

Beijing denies the alleged abuses.

Reuters very first documented the prepared additions late Thursday.

They contain the China Academy of Electronics and Info Engineering Xinjiang Lianhai Chuangzhi Info Technology Co Shenzhen Cobber Information and facts Technologies Co Xinjiang Sailing Facts Engineering Beijing Geling Shentong Details Technological know-how Shenzhen Hua’antai Clever Technological innovation Co., Ltd. and Chengdu Xiwu Safety Program Alliance Co., Ltd.

The Commerce Section mentioned in full it was introducing 34 entities which include some from Russia and Iran, and a further 5 entities instantly supporting China’s military modernization packages relevant to lasers and fight management procedure.

“The Department of Commerce continues to be firmly committed to using robust, decisive motion to focus on entities that are enabling human rights abuses in Xinjiang or that use U.S. technologies to gasoline China’s destabilizing navy modernization initiatives,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo explained in a assertion.

The checklist also contains 8 entities for facilitating the export of U.S. things to Iran and 6 entities for involvement in the procurement of U.S.-origin electronic factors, possible in furtherance of Russian army applications.

The action follows the department’s choice final month to insert five other corporations and other Chinese entities to the blacklist above allegations of forced labor in the much western region of China.

China dismisses accusations of genocide and pressured labor in Xinjiang and claims its procedures are necessary to stamp out separatists and religious extremists who plotted attacks and stirred up tension between mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs and Han, China’s major ethnic team.

“The Chinese aspect will just take all required actions to safeguard the genuine rights and interests of Chinese providers and rejects U.S. attempts to interfere in China’s inner affairs,” said international ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Friday.

The newest action shows President Joe Biden aims to push China in excess of what the administration states are worsening human rights abuses towards the Uyghur population in Xinjiang.

Generally, entities added to the financial blacklist are necessary to utilize for licenses from the Commerce Section and encounter tricky scrutiny when they search for authorization to acquire merchandise from U.S. suppliers.

This is not the initially time the U.S. govt has specific Chinese companies linked to allegations of substantial-tech surveillance exercise in Xinjiang.

In 2019, the Trump administration additional some of China’s best synthetic intelligence startups to its financial blacklist about its treatment method of Muslim minorities.

The Commerce Division less than Trump targeted 20 Chinese community security bureaus and eight organizations which includes online video surveillance organization Hikvision (002415.SZ), as very well as leaders in facial recognition engineering SenseTime Group Ltd and Megvii Engineering Ltd.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Humeyra Pamuk
Editing by Gaerth Jones and Mark Potter

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