US Places Top Chinese Artificial Intelligence Firms On Trade Blacklist

Big screen shows the facial technology at Megvii

Big screen shows the facial technology at Megvii

On Monday the Trump administration had blacklisted 28 public security entities and companies allegedly involved in surveillance of minority groups.

The US government widened its trade blacklist to include some of China's top artificial intelligence startups, punishing Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities and ratcheting up tensions ahead of high-level trade talks in Washington this week.

The other companies added to the list are Dahua Technology, IFLYTEK, Megvii Technology, Sense Time, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information, Yitu Technologies and Yixin Science and Technology.

The Commerce Department on Monday placed the companies on a so-called Entity List for acting contrary to American foreign policy interests. US futures fell after China said it strongly opposed the American decision to blacklist some of its technology firms.

"The US Government and Department of Commerce can not and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China", US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said on Monday.

Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton praised the State Department announcement and urged U.S. allies to follow suit.

"We invite others to join the global effort to demand and compel an immediate end to China's horrific campaign of repression", he said.

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Along with the tech companies, the Commerce Department's filing targets local government agencies in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.

The restrictions, announced by the state department on Tuesday, come a day after the U.S. commerce department imposed export restrictions on USA companies preventing them from selling their products - particularly face recognition and other surveillance technology - to 28 Chinese entities, including the Public Security Bureau and firms involved in surveillance in Xinjiang.

The sanctions prompted a furious response from Beijing's embassy in Washington, which said that the U.S. was using "the excuse of human rights" to interfere in the China's internal affairs. China deplores and firmly opposes that. Ltd. - effectively prohibiting them from trading with U.S. companies. Megvii said it received no revenue from projects in Xinjiang in the six months through June 30.

Chinese officials have long sought to quell criticism of the crackdown in Xinjiang by describing it as a necessary measure to tackle terrorism, alleging the region's population is susceptible to Islamic radicalism.

The list, enforced by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) from the US Department of Commerce, states which parties that US companies are prohibited from trading with without governmental permission.

In recent years, China has detained millions of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in what Beijing has falsely claimed are "voluntary de-radicalization camps" and "vocational training centers".

Even before the United Nations statement, there were regular reports that Uighurs were subject to extraordinary surveillance, required to give blood, DNA and biometric face scans, forced to hand over their passports, denied permission to leave Xinjiang and detained in huge numbers.

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