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US Blacklists 28 Chinese Entities over 'Brutal' Xinjiang Abuses

Reuters

The US plans to blacklist 28 Chinese entities it says are implicated in human rights abuses targeting Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, Al-Jazeera reports.

The United States "cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China", Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, announcing the move, which bars the named entities from purchasing US products.

The blacklisted firms included video surveillance company Hikvision, as well as artificial intelligence companies Megvii Technology and SenseTime, according to an update to the US Federal Register set to be published Wednesday.

The ban comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China, particularly over trade policy and Beijing's actions in the western Xinjiang region.


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