The US Department of Commerce explained that the companies collaborate with "human rights abuses in Xinjiang or use US technology to promote the destabilizing military modernization efforts" of the Xi Jinping regime.
On Friday, the United States announced sanctions against 34 companies and other entities, including the Muslim military and China's policy on the Muslim Uighur minority and China's policy to facilitate exports to Russia and Iran. Were
The Commerce Department said in a statement that the group was approved because of the risk of their participation or engaging in activities contrary to US foreign policy and national security interests.
Of these 34 entities, 14 are headquartered in the People's Republic of China and "have enabled Beijing's campaign of repression, mass detention and high-tech surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and members of other Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, he stressed in a statement.
Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo says the Commerce Department has taken strong and decisive action to attack human rights abuses in Xinjiang or those using US technology to destabilize China's military modernization efforts. Bound to carry.
We will continue to aggressively use export controls to hold governments, businesses, and individuals accountable for attempts to gain access to US stockpiles for subversive activities in countries such as China, Iran, and Russia. Threaten security interests.
And they are incompatible with our values", he added.
As part of the sanctions package, "said the Department of Commerce," added "eight entities for facilitating the export of US items to Iran in violation of the Export Administration Regulations" and "six others for their support in the acquisition of parts. electronic devices of American origin, probably in support of Russian military programs".
In addition, it added an entity to the list of military end-users under the Russian destination. It removed another from the unverified list, as a change according to which this same entity was added to the list of entities for being involved in the proliferation of activities—unprotected nuclear power plants.
The United States on Thursday voiced concern over reports that China was drastically increasing its nuclear arsenal and urged Beijing to launch talks to prevent an arms race. "It is in everyone's interest that nuclear powers speak to each other directly about reducing nuclear dangers and thus avoiding miscalculations," said Robert Wood, US Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
Last week, The Washington Post referred to a study of satellite images on which it indicated showed that 119 missile silos are being built in a desert near the city of Yumen (northwest China). According to this report, these silos are similar to the hitherto known Chinese launch facilities for ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.
Wood said it was something that caused "great concern." "Unless China sits at the table with the United States on a mutual basis, the threat of a catastrophic arms race will continue to grow, and it will not benefit anyone," he said.