The U.S. Commerce Department said Monday that it was putting 28 Chinese entities on a U.S. trade blacklist.
A filing showed that the U.S. was adding the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s Public Security Bureau and 19 subordinate government agencies to the “Entity List” over alleged human rights issues in Xinjiang.
Eight high-tech firms including Hikvision, Dahua Technology, iFLYTEK and SenseTime, are also being added for this reason. Some of them have voiced strong opposition to the move, saying the U.S. has no concrete evidence.
American officials said the announcement was not tied to this week’s resumption of trade talks with China. Huawei and more than 100 affiliates are already included on the blacklist.
In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press conference on Tuesday that the U.S. should not interfere in China’s internal affairs.
“Xinjiang affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere. There is no such thing as the so-called human rights problem in Xinjiang as alleged by the U.S. The accusation is nothing but a deliberate pretext created by the U.S. to interfere in China’s internal affairs. The measures taken by Xinjiang to counter terrorism and eliminate extremism are aimed at preventing the breeding of extremism and terrorism at the source. These measures are fully in line with Chinese law and international practice, and are widely supported by 25 million people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, and have made positive contributions to the international fight against terrorism,” said Geng.