China Opposes US Blacklist

Huang Ge and Song Lin

A US decision to blacklist 28 Chinese entities, which was announced shortly before high-level Chinese and American officials meet in Washington for a new round of trade talks, is typical of the Trump administration's trade talk tactics and showed the US was seeking to benefit by further pressuring China, Chinese experts warned on Tuesday.

China is prepared to counter, they noted, with its own unreliable entity list.

The US said on Monday (US time) that it had added 28 Chinese organizations to a blacklist due to concerns over their roles in human rights violations in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, alleging they were involved in "carrying out China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention and high-technology surveillance," the New York Times reported, citing the US Commerce Department.

The Xinjiang Public Security Bureau and 19 smaller government agencies were named on the blacklist. The list targeted eight companies that focus on facial-recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) technology including Hikvision, Megvii Technology, iFlytek Co and SenseTime.

The move prevents the Chinese entities from buying US products.

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