The U.S. Department of Commerce has added an additional 14 Chinese businesses and entities to its economic trade blacklist as early as Friday, the latest move from Washington’s crackdown over the alleged human rights abuses in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang.
“The Department of Commerce remains firmly committed to taking strong, decisive action to target entities that are enabling human rights abuses in Xinjiang or that use US technology to fuel China’s destabilizing military modernization efforts,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement.
“We will continue to aggressively use export controls to hold governments, companies and individuals accountable,” she said.
The firms added to the Commerce Department’s entity list include:
- Xinjiang Beidou Tongchuang Information Technology Co,
- the China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology,
- Suzhou Keda Technology Co,
- Xinjiang Lianhai Chuangzhi Information Technology Co,
- Shenzhen Cobber Information Technology Co, Xinjiang Sailing Information Technology,
- Beijing Geling Shentong Information Technology,
- Shenzhen Hua’antai Intelligent Technology Co, and
- Chengdu Xiwu Security System Alliance Co.
The entity list aims to ban American firms and entities from doing business with the Chinese companies, such as selling goods and equipment to those firms, without first obtaining a U.S. government license.
In a statement, the Commerce Department said the Chinese companies have been “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass detention and high technology surveillance against Uygurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups” in Xinjiang.
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