The Biden administration put 14 Chinese companies and other entities on the economic blacklist on Friday for allegedly violating human rights and implementing high-tech surveillance in Xinjiang. The U.S. Department of Commerce stated that these companies are suspected of violating human rights during China’s repression, mass detention, and high-tech surveillance of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Late on Thursday, CNBC first reported that the United States plans to blacklist more Chinese entities. These institutions include China Electronic Science Research Institute; Xinjiang LianhaiChuangzhi Information Technology Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Kepa Information Technology Co., Ltd.; Xinjiang Xiling Information Technology Co., Ltd.; Beijing GelingShentong Information Technology Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Hua Antai Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.; Chengdu Xiwuxin and Intelligent System Co., Ltd.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said that a total of 34 new entities were added this time, including some from Russia and Iran, as well as five other entities that directly act as a support to the military modernization projects of China, which are ultimately connected to various kinds of lasers and combat management systems.
Gina Raimondo, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Commerce is going to remain a forum that will be firmly committed to coming up to staunch and countering actions in order to tackle entities that usually allow human rights violations in Xinjiang or those who engaged in using US technology rather promoting China, the entity of a destabilizing military modernization effort.
Before this, the US Department of Commerce announced last month that it would blacklist five other Chinese companies and other entities because they were accused of forced labor in Xinjiang. China refuted allegations of genocide and forced labor in Xinjiang and stated that China’s policies are necessary to eradicate separatists and religious extremists. These people planned the attack and provoked tensions between the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and the Han Chinese, the largest ethnic group in China.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday that China would take all essential measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate interests and rights of Chinese companies and resolutely defeat the United States’ aspiration and attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of China. This latest move shows that U.S. President Biden intends to pressure China over what the government calls the deterioration of human rights in Xinjiang. Generally speaking, when blacklisted companies seek to obtain supplies from U.S. suppliers, they need to apply for permission to the Department of Commerceand face stringent review.