At least 14 Chinese companies will be added to the list of entities as early as Friday because of reports of abuse of Muslim Uighurs.
Two sources told Reuters that the Biden administration will include more than 10 Chinese companies on its economic blacklist as early as Friday on charges of alleged human rights violations and high-tech surveillance in Xinjiang.
The US Department of Commerce’s actions were taken after five other companies and other Chinese entities were blacklisted for accusations of forced labor in western China.
The increase in the list of entities of the Ministry of Commerce is part of the Biden administration’s efforts Hold China accountable for human rights violations, The source said.
China refuted the allegations of genocide and forced labor in Xinjiang and stated that its policy is necessary to eradicate separatists and religious extremists who planned attacks and provoked between the Uyghurs, who are mainly Muslims, and the Han Chinese, the largest ethnic group in China. intense situation.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
One of the sources said that the department plans to add 14 Chinese companies to the list of entities in response to infringements in Xinjiang.
The identity of the added company is not yet known. Some companies from other countries will also be added to the department’s blacklist as soon as possible on Friday.
The White House declined to comment, and the Department of Commerce did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Abuse of Uyghurs
These increases are the latest step by President Joe Biden to pressure China because what the government says is increasing human rights violations against Uighurs in Xinjiang.
Generally speaking, when an entity listed company seeks a license to receive items from a US supplier, it needs to apply for a license from the Ministry of Commerce and face strict review.
Last month, the Ministry of Commerce stated that it would include five Chinese entities that “accepted or used forced labor in the People’s Republic of China’s repression of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region”.
The department stated that the June action aimed at the capabilities of five entities, including the Chinese solar panel materials company Hosine Silicon Industry. “Access to goods, software and technology…this is part of the strong measures taken by the US government. Oppose China’s continued suppression of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.”
This is not the first time that the U.S. government has targeted companies related to China Allegations against high-tech surveillance activities in Xinjiang.
In 2019, the Trump administration included some of China’s top artificial intelligence startups on its economic blacklist to treat Muslim minorities.
The Ministry of Commerce under Trump has targeted 20 Chinese Public Security Bureaus and 8 companies, including video surveillance company Hikvision, and facial recognition technology leaders Shangtang Group and Megvii Technology.
The U.S. Department of Commerce stated in 2019 that these entities are involved in “high-tech surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minorities.”
UN experts and human rights organizations estimate that more than one million people have been detained in Xinjiang’s huge concentration camp system in recent years, most of whom are members of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.