China criticizes the US

China confirmed on July 11 that it “resolutely opposes” the US’s addition of 23 Chinese entities to its “black list” for alleged human rights violations and military involvement.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said that the US blacklisting of Chinese entities is a serious violation of international economic and trade rules. Photo: AFP

Reuters news agency quoted a statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce, saying that the US’s inclusion of Chinese entities on the economic blacklist was “a serious violation of international economic and trade rules”; as well as “unreasonable suppression” of Chinese companies.

A Ministry of Commerce spokesman said Beijing “will take necessary measures to protect China’s legitimate rights and interests”.

Earlier, the US Department of Commerce on July 9 said it had added 14 Chinese companies and other entities to an economic blacklist, alleging that these entities were “involved in human rights violations and abuses in the conduct of China’s campaign of repression, mass detention, and high-tech surveillance of Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of ethnic groups Muslim minority in Xinjiang Autonomous Region”.

Beijing has denied the abuse allegations.

Entities placed on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s economic blacklist often require a permit from the agency and face intense scrutiny when seeking permission to receive/purchase goods from U.S. suppliers. .

In addition, Washington this time also added five entities that were identified to have directly supported China’s military modernization programs related to laser technology and strategic management systems. fight. Washington has also identified four more entities that have “exported and attempted to export items” to entities under US sanctions.

Wuhan Raycus Fiber Laser Technologies, one of the entities added to the US blacklist this time, believes that being placed on the US blacklist will not have a significant impact on research activities. and production of this enterprise.

In 2019, the US Department of Commerce under former President Donald Trump targeted 20 Chinese public security units and 8 enterprises (including Hikvision video surveillance company) along with businesses traveling to China. leaders in facial recognition technology such as SenseTime Group and Megvii Technology, with allegations related to China’s treatment of Muslim minorities.