The US Department of Commerce has announced the addition of 33 more Chinese companies and other institutions to its blacklist on the background of human rights violations, including for activities contrary to US national security and foreign policy, Die Dieit writes.
The evidence against nine companies concerns consolidated human rights violations against the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China.
The blacklist also includes 24 governmental and trade organizations accused of participating in China’s scientific and technological intelligence and assisting in the purchase of goods and technology for military purposes in China. Some of the companies are based in mainland China, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.
US-China relations have been strained by various conflicts. In addition to the simmering trade war, the US government has accused China of failing to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
US President Donald Trump and other Republicans have stepped up efforts to portray China as the culprit as the US economy plunges into recession, threatening to re-elect the president. China has denied Trump’s claims that he tried to reduce his chances in the November presidential election.
Trump recently suggested that Chinese leader Xi Jinping was behind “disinformation and propaganda in the United States and Europe,” according to Bloomberg.