The US Department of Commerce stated that it will add 33 Chinese companies and enterprises to the blacklist, confirming that 9 institutions are on the background of human rights violations and 24 others because they pose a threat to US national security.
Moscow – Sputnik. “These 9 organizations are involved in violations and abuses of human rights committed during the Chinese crackdown, massive arbitrary arrests, forced labor and supervision of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other small Muslim groups in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
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The ministry noted, in a statement, that it “will punish 9 companies and institutions because of” their complicity in committing human rights violations, and for their violations committed in the campaign of repression, arbitrary detention, collective forced labor, and high-tech surveillance against Uighur Muslims in China. “
The statement added: “And 24 other governmental and commercial organizations have been added to the list of organizations participating in activities that conflict with national security interests or the foreign policy of the United States.”
It also clarified that “7 commercial entities assisted China in monitoring operations using advanced technology.”
Relations between China and America were strained after the spread of the Corona pandemic in Wuhan, and Washington accused Beijing of delaying reporting or fabricating it in the laboratory and deliberately burning it.
On January 15, the United States and China signed the first stage of their trade agreement, as US President Donald Trump received his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the White House.
China has pledged to purchase additional US goods worth $ 200 billion in the next two years, under the agreement, which also includes items related to intellectual property protection in response to another US demand, while Washington agreed in this context not to increase the punitive customs taxes imposed on China.