Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

U.S. Blacklists Chinese Tech Firms Over Treatment Of Uighurs

U.S. Blacklists Chinese Tech Firms Over Treatment Of Uighurs

"There aren't what the US calls "human rights issues" in Xinjiang and the related accusations are nothing but an excuse to intervene in China's domestic politics", CCTV quoted Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying.

The country's foreign ministry spokesperson criticized Washington Tuesday, over its decision to restrain sales of USA tech products to Chinese companies.

The move risked further souring the already-strained relationship between Beijing and Washington ahead of crunch trade talks.

The Chinese government agencies added to the US Commerce Department's so-called "Entity List" include the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region People's Government Public Security Bureau as well as municipal and county public security bureaus.

The move comes ahead of trade talks between the USA and China later this week, which one analyst said sets a "negative tone" for the negotiations.

The blacklist effectively bars USA firms from selling technology to the Chinese companies without government approval.

China hit back at the United States on Tuesday over the blacklisting of 28 Chinese entities accused of being implicated in rights violations against mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, saying the claims are "groundless".

The US said the companies' artificial intelligence technologies have been used for "human rights violations and abuses".

The US Department of Commerce has ruled that the companies were complicit in "implementation of China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups".

The US has announced visa restrictions against officials of the Chinese government and the Communist Party of China for instituting a highly "repressive campaign" against ethnic and religious minorities, including the Uyghur Muslims, in the country's Xinjiang province.

US futures fell after China said it strongly opposed the American decision to blacklist some of its technology firms.

"Punishing Hikvision. will deter global companies from communicating with the U.S. government, hurt Hikvision's USA businesses partners and negatively impact the United States economy", the spokesperson said.

Responding to the new restrictions, Beijing said it recommends Washington stop interfering in its internal affairs.

In a move that suggests there isn't an end in sight to the lingering trade war between the States and China, the Donald Trump administration has again hit hard at Beijing.

Vendors are barred from selling US technology to the Chinese companies without government permission.

The blacklisting of Huawei has hurt many of its U.S. suppliers that depended on the world's largest telecommunications company for revenue and made it hard for Huawei to sell new products.

The six remaining technology companies added to the trade blacklist are IFLYTEK, Megvii Technology, Sense Time, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information, Yitu Technologies, and Yixin Science and Technology.

Megvii said it strongly objected to being placed on the blacklist and that it required its clients not to weaponize its technology or use it for illegal purposes. The measure announced October 7 targets providers of technology Washington says is being used to repress Muslim ethnic minorities.

Yitu said it will "remain in communication with the USA government".

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