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14 Chinese Companies And Entities Added To US Commerce Department Blacklist Over Xinjiang


07/10/2021


14 Chinese Companies And Entities Added To US Commerce Department Blacklist Over Xinjiang
A total of fourteen Chinese companies and other entities were added to its economic blacklist by the Biden administration on Friday over allegations that they were involved in alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance of in Xinjiang province of China.
 
The companies had been "implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass detention, and high technology surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region," said the United States Commerce Department kin a statement. 
 
The allegations against it in Xinjiang have been denied by Beijing.
 
The companies and entities put on the US blacklist include include the China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology; 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., Ltd.; and Chengdu Xiwu Security System Alliance Co., Ltd.
 
The total number of companies and entities added to the US blacklist was 34 which included a number of them from Russia and Iran and another five entities that were deemed to have been directly supporting the military modernization programs linked to lasers and battle management systems of China, said the US Commerce Department.
 
“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 U.S. technology to fuel China’s destabilizing military modernization efforts," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement.
 
Eight entities and companies that were engaged in facilitating the export of US items to Iran and six companies and entities that were involvement in the procurement of electronic components that originated in the US – most likely to help and support Russian military programs, were also included in the List of Entities of  the Commerce Department.
 
Last month, the Biden administration had added five other companies and other Chinese entities to the Commerce Department blacklist over alleged involvement in fostering forced labour in the far western region of China – Xinjiang.
 
All allegations of genocide and forced labour in Xinjiang have been denied by China and Beijing has claimed that the policies being implemented in the region are required for clamping down on separatists and religious extremists who had previously plotted attacks and raked up tensions between mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs and the Han the largest ethnic group in China.
 
"The Chinese side will take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and rejects U.S. attempts to interfere in China's internal affairs," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Friday.
 
The latest addition of Chinese companies and entities to the blacklist reflects the aim of US President Joe Biden to continue to exert pressure on China about what the Biden administration claims are worsening human rights abuses against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang province of China.
 
(Source;www.nikkei.com)