U.S. adding 33 Chinese companies, institutions to economic blacklist

US Materials 23 May 2020 01:57 (UTC +04:00)

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it was adding 33 Chinese companies and other institutions to an economic blacklist for human rights violations and to address U.S. national security concerns involving weapons of mass destruction and other military activities, Trend reports citing Reuters.

The Commerce Department said it was sanctioning nine companies and institutions on grounds they were “complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs” and others.

The government cited seven commercial entities for enabling China’s high-technology surveillance. The Commerce Department also added 24 governmental and commercial organizations to the economic list for supporting procurement of items for use by the Chinese military.

The Commerce Department said it was adding the firms to its “entity list” which bars the companies and organizations from access to U.S. technology without specific U.S. government approval.