US adds 5 Chinese companies to export sanctions list for rights infringement

US adds 5 Chinese companies to export sanctions list for rights infringement

Washington DC: The United States has placed five Chinese companies on its entity list over human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang province, which restricts their ability to obtain exports.
In particular, (the authority) determined that Xinjiang GCL New Energy Material Technology; Xinjiang Dakou New Energy; Xinjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metals; Hoshine Silicon Industry (Shanshan); and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp. engage in “through participating in, accepting, or using the practice of forced labor,” the US Department of Commerce said in a document Wednesday.
Sputnik reported that the US government has determined that five Chinese entities have committed human rights violations against religious and ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region, including engaging in a campaign of repression, forced labor and high-tech surveillance.
The five companies would have additional licensing requirements and limited availability of most license exceptions for export, re-export and transfer to them.
The latest action comes amid rising tensions between the two countries over issues including human rights violations, trade and China’s military aggression.
Back in April, the US restricted trade with top Chinese supercomputing centers because these capabilities could be used to develop modern weapons and national security systems.
“The commerce imposes new export controls on China, adds 7 Chinese entities to the entity list in response to their involvement with China’s military, its shaky military modernization efforts, and/or the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program,” The US Commerce Department tweeted.

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