The United States has updated its entity list amid the China-US trade war. It added 28 Chinese entities to the blacklist over Beijing’s treatment to Muslim minorities in northwest China. The entities include public security bureaus and multiple commercial firms.
According to the WSJ, the action by the United States isn’t related to trade talks and will hopefully see support from China. However, Matthew Goodman, Senior adviser for Asian Economics says that if the Chinese retaliate the move, the talks are going to complicated.
Last month, Chinese and the American trade talks representative talked over the phone call and decided to resume the trade talks in the early month of October. Previously, Huawei Technologies was disbarred from doing business with the United States. Later, the Commerce Department decided to relax the restriction and delayed the complete ban over allegedly spying on American consumers.
Chinese Entities that are now part of the blacklist
Hikvision, a video surveillance company is part of the entity list. In addition, Dahua Technology Co., IFLYTEK, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information Co., Yitu Technologies and Yixin Science & Technology Co is also part of the list. The U.S. will also include Xinjiang Public Security Bureau in the blacklist.
The Commerce Department statement on the updated ban list.
These Chinese entities “have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups”
Hikvision response to the blacklist
“Punishing Hikvision, despite these engagements, will deter global companies from communicating with the U.S. government, hurt Hikvision’s U.S. business partners and negatively impact the U.S. economy,” the company told CBNC.