The Chinese government claims it will take firm steps to oppose the United States, which has put Chinese security bureaus and companies on its 28 blacklist. The US has blacklisted Chinese companies for alleged involvement in violating the rights of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.
In addition to the government, several blacklisted companies also criticized the decision. The Hikvision Company said the decision could have a negative impact on Hikvision’s business partners.
The US decision to include 28 Chinese entities on the list was made several days before the holding of a high-level trade dialogue in Washington. According to researcher on US issues from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Lu Xiang, the black list will have a negative impact on relations between the two countries.
Blacklisting is an unfavorable step from the US and does not help the development of US-China relations as a whole. That is a problem outside the issue of trade and the Chinese delegation will not discuss the Xinjiang issue in the trade dialogue with the US.
In addition to being blacklisted, the US will also restrict visas for Chinese officials deemed responsible for the oppression of Uighurs and Muslim minorities. Although the US State Department did not specify the names of officials included in the visa restrictions, the parliament specifically named the Xinjiang Communist Party Chairman Chen Quanguo.
“China forcibly detained more than one million Muslims in Xinjiang,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter.
Pompeo said the restrictions would also affect the families of Chinese officials, including their children who want to study in the US.
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