Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. blacklists 28 Chinese entities over "brutal" Xinjiang abuses

U.S. blacklists 28 Chinese entities over

The decision, nearly certain to draw a sharp response from Beijing, targets 20 Chinese public security bureaus and eight companies including video surveillance firm Hikvision, as well as leaders in facial recognition technology SenseTime Group Ltd and Megvii Technology Ltd.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the move Monday, restricting U.S. companies from exporting products to the blacklisted entities - which include Hikvision, one of the world's largest suppliers of video surveillance equipment.

The company said its technology had "a positive impact on society".

In a statement, the department said the entities have been connected to "human rights violations and abuses in China's campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities" in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwest China.

"The US Government and Department of Commerce can not and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China", Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said.

While the government filing did not specify what actions the entities have committed, it said that their activities are "contrary to the foreign policy of the United States".

Asked Tuesday whether China would retaliate over the blacklist, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters "stay tuned".

Among the entities placed on the list are Hikvision and Dahua Technology, two of the world's largest manufacturers of surveillance technology.

SenseTime, valued at round $4.5 billion in a Also can 2018 fundraising, is one in every of the realm's most functional AI unicorns while Megvii, backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, is valued at round $4 billion and is making prepared an IPO to lift on the least $500 million in Hong Kong.

SenseTime and Dahua weren't immediately available for comment outside of normal business hours.

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Hikvision - which has previously been accused by U.S. lawmakers of helping China create a "high-tech police state" - suspended trading following the move, though it did not specifically mention the blacklist in its announcement.

China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday (Oct 8) that Beijing will continue to take firm and resolute measures to protect its sovereign security, signalling that it would retaliate against the United States blacklisting of Chinese firms.

Hikvision also said that it was assessing the potential impact of the blacklisting and was working on contingency plans.

They included listed-firms like iFlytek, Hikvision, Dahua Technology and Xiamen Meiya Pico.

On October 15, the USA is set to raise tariffs to 30 per cent from 25 per cent on almost $250 billion worth of goods.

Megvii "expresses a strong protest" for being added in the list "without any facts and evidences", the company said on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week at the Vatican that "when the state rules absolutely, it demands its citizens worship government, not God".

The figures were some of the most encouraging since the US-China trade war got under way. "No more panic selling", said Stephen Huang, vice president of Shanghai See Truth Investment Management.

The Trump administration earlier this year used the same blacklisting process to punish Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant targeted by the USA over national security concerns.

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