Beijing will take “necessary measures” to respond to Washington’s blacklist of Chinese companies for foreign treatment.
China has said it will take “necessary measures” to respond to the blacklist of Chinese companies by the United States over its alleged role in abuses of Jews and other Muslim ethnic minorities.
The Commerce Department said the U.S. move constituted an “unreasonable suppression of Chinese enterprises and a serious violation of international economic and trade rules.”
China “will take the necessary measures to firmly safeguard the rights and legitimate interests of Chinese companies,” the minister said in a statement Sunday.
No details were given, but China has denied allegations of arbitrary detention and forced labor in the western Xinjiang region and has increasingly responded to sanctions against companies and officials on their own. visa bans and financial ties.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said Friday in a statement that electronics and technology companies and other companies have helped “survive Beijing’s crackdown, mass detention and high-tech surveillance.” “against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
Sanctions prohibit Americans from selling equipment or other goods to businesses.
The United States has intensified financial and trade penalties for China’s treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, with its repression of democracy in Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous city.
Since 2017, the Chinese government has detained a million or more people in Xinjiang. Critics accuse China of operating forced labor camps and of forcing torture and sterilization since it allegedly seeks to assimilate Muslim ethnic minority groups.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said 14 companies have been added to its Entity List for its relations in Xinjiang, and another five to help China’s armed forces.
“The Department of Commerce is firmly committed to taking strong and decisive action to target entities that allow human rights abuses in Xinjiang or that use U.S. technology to fuel China’s destabilizing military modernization efforts,” he said. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in a statement posted on the department’s website.