U.S. Blacklists 28 Chinese Entities Over Abuses in Xinjiang

The Trump administration said on Monday that it has added 28 Chinese organizations to a United States blacklist over concerns about their role in human rights violations, effectively blocking those entities from buying American products. This came after the abuses in Xinjiang.

The federal register contained the following statement: “This final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding twenty-eight entities to the Entity List. These twenty-eight entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States and will be listed on the Entity List under the destination of the People’s Republic of China(China).”

Dahua Technology; Hikvision; IFLYTEK; Megvii Technology;Sense Time,Xiamen Meiya Pico Information Co. Ltd.; Yitu Technologies and Yixin Science and Technology Co. Ltd. are among the banned organisations.

The move was announced just days before high-level Chinese and American officials meet in Washington to try to resolve a trade war that has begun inflicting pain on both sides of the Pacific.

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A Commerce Department spokesman said Monday that the action was not related to those talks. But the decision is likely to rankle the Chinese government, which has helped support some of these companies as they have developed into cutting-edge technology firms.

“The U.S. government and Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

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