The United States on Friday announced further sanctions over 34 Chinese companies, being related to China’s Military and its policy towards the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang, concerning human rights abuse. The companies have also been facilitating export business ties with Russia and Iran.
Secretary of the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Gina Raimondo issued the following statement on Friday, “The Department of Commerce remains firmly committee to taking strong, decisive action to target entities that are enabling human rights abuses in Xinjiang or that use U.S. technology to fuel China’s destabilizing military modernization efforts. We will continue to aggressively use export controls to hold governments, companies, and individuals accountable for attempting to access U.S.-origin items for subversive activities in Countries like China, Russia and Iran that threaten US national security interests and are inconsistent with our values”.
According to the Department of Commerce, out of these 34 entities, 14 are based in China and have enabled Beijing’s campaign of repression, mass detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uyghurs.
Companies including Beijing Sinonet Science and Technology Co., Leon Technology Co., and Kyland Technology Co. were added to the list.
The 34 entities were listed under 43 entries. Besides 23 located in China – including the 14 related to Xinjiang, the BIS also included six based in Russia, two entities each from Canada, Iran, and Lebanon, and one each from the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, the UAE and the UK.
The sanctions prohibits American firms from doing business with the specified companies without first obtaining a U.S. government license.