United States: U.S. sanctions additional Chinese companies, alleging human rights violations in Xinjiang region

The United States on Monday announced sanctions against a new group of Chinese companies for alleged involvement in human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region, accusing the firms of supporting a “campaign of repression” against Uighurs and other minority groups.

The Commerce Department added 11 companies to a trade blacklist over the alleged Xinjiang violations, bringing to nearly 50 the number of Chinese entities on the list. The sanctions restrict the companies’ access to U.S. technology and other goods.

“Beijing actively promotes the reprehensible practice of forced labor and abusive DNA collection and analysis schemes to repress its citizens,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “This action will ensure that our goods and technologies are not used in the Chinese Communist Party’s despicable offensive against defenseless Muslim minority populations.”

The original full article can be found at washingtonpost.com

(Picture: Ng Han Guan/AP)

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