The US Commerce Department said it was putting 28
Chinese public security bureaus and companies – including video surveillance
company Hikvision – on a US trade blacklist over Beijing’s treatment of Uighur
Muslims and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities adding new dimension
to the on-going trade war between the two economic giants.
terrorism: common issue between China and India
It also opens up the possibility of common
interest between China and India over tackling Islamic terrorism during the
forthcoming meeting of heads of states at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu next week
Those added to the so-called “Entity List”
include the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region People’s Government
Public Security Bureau, 19 subordinate government agencies and eight commercial
firms, according to a US Commerce Department filing. The companies include
Zhejiang Dahua Technology, IFLYTEK Co, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information Co and
Yixin Science and Technology Co.
The Department filing said the “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.”
The list includes municipal and county public
security bureaus and the Xinjiang Police College.
announcement not tied to this week’s resumption of trade talks with China
US officials said the announcement was not tied
to this week’s resumption of trade talks with China.
Being added to the “Entity List” bars companies or other entities from buying
parts and components from US companies without US government approval.
The Commerce Department previously added Huawei Technologies Co
and more than 100 affiliates to the Entity List.
Hikvision, officially known as Hangzhou Hikvision
Digital Technology Co Ltd, with a market value of about 42 Billion US Dollars,
calls itself the world’s largest video surveillance gear maker. Hikvision did
not immediately comment on the Commerce Department’s move. The Chinese embassy
in Washington also did not immediately comment according to media reports.
A Bipartisan group of US lawmakers urged the US
government move against Chinese companies it called “complicit in human rights
abuses” and specifically cited Hikvision and Dahua.
capitals condemn China for its mass detention centres
China faces growing condemnation from Western
capitals and rights groups for setting up facilities that UN experts describe as mass detention
centres holding more than one million ethnic Uighurs and
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week
that “when the state rules absolutely, it demands its citizens worship
government, not God. That’s why China has put more than one million Uighur
Muslims ... in internment camps and is why it throws Christian pastors in
In August, the Trump administration released an
interim rule banning federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from
five Chinese companies, including Huawei and Hikvision. Huawei has repeatedly
denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence
services and has filed a lawsuit against the US government’s restrictions.