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US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang

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The blacklist effectively prohibits US companies from selling technology to Chinese companies without government approval.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross entered the White House East Room before a press conference with President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross entered the White House East Room before a press conference with President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, September 20, 2019.
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The US Commerce Department said it was blacklisted 28 groups in China and was involved in rights abuses and abuses targeting Muslim minorities in the Uyghurs and Xinjiang.

The blacklist effectively prohibits US companies from selling technology to Chinese companies without government approval.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the United States "cannot and will not tolerate the cruel oppression of ethnic minorities in China."

The black list seeks to place a group of Chinese technology companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technologies in the so-called Entity List to take actions that conflict with the understanding of US foreign policy.

Blacklisted companies included video surveillance company Hikvision and artificial intelligence companies Megvii Technology, iFlytek and SenseTime, according to a federal registry update to be announced Wednesday.

China, along with the reminiscent of Nazi Germany, detained about a million Uighurs and other Muslims at retraining camps in Xinjiang, western China.

China denied the camp's existence until recently, but refused to intervene in "internal matters", claiming it is now a "vocational training school" to control terrorism.

The US move came after Washington banned technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies from government contracts in a trade war between the two countries.

The Chinese embassy and several target companies did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday. The affected list also includes some local government agencies in China.

Source: AFP

Source Link : https://www.trtworld.com/americas/us-blacklists-28-chinese-entities-over-abuses-in-xinjiang-30444?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss

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