EconomieThe US government wants to add dozens of Chinese companies to an economic blacklist of alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. This is what sources tell Reuters news agency. Listed companies cannot receive merchandise from US suppliers without a license. They are also strictly controlled.
The US Commerce Department’s decision follows the announcement last month that five more Chinese companies were added to the list following allegations of forced labor in the Chinese region. US President Joe Biden blames China for this.
It is not yet clear which companies will participate. An announcement is expected later on Friday. The White House declined to comment.
This is not the first time that the US government has targeted Chinese companies linked to allegations of high-tech surveillance activities in Xinjiang. In 2019, the Trump administration added some AI startups in China to its blacklist for their treatment of Muslim minorities.
Genocide and forced labor
China rejects accusations of genocide and forced labor in Xinjiang. The state says tough policies in the region are needed to deal with separatists and religious extremists who have plotted attacks and stoked tensions between the Muslim-majority Uighurs and the Han, China’s largest ethnic group.
Experts from the United Nations and human rights groups estimate that more than a million people have been detained in camps in Xinjiang in recent years. Most of them are Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.
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