Sanctions were imposed, in particular, for human rights violations in Xinjiang.
The US Department of Commerce announced the introduction of sanctions against 33 companies and organizations in China.
24 government and commercial entities were added to the “blacklist,” as stated in the Ministry’s statement, “for participating in actions contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These entities, based in China, Hong Kong, and the Cayman Islands, pose a serious risk by supporting the acquisition of items for Chinese military use.”
In turn, two-state structures of the PRC, including one of the divisions of the Ministry of public security, and eight companies were included in the sanctions list for human rights violations committed “in the course of China’s repressive campaign, lawless mass incarceration, forced labor and high-tech surveillance of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other representatives of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.”
Among the companies sanctioned is NetPosa, which develops artificial intelligence: its products are used for electronic surveillance.
Blacklisting prohibits US individuals and businesses from exporting, re-exporting, or otherwise transferring goods and technology to these entities without special permission from the Department of Commerce.