China yesterday hit back at the US over the blacklisting of 28 Chinese entities accused of being implicated in rights violations against mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, saying the claims are “groundless.”
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the move to bar the entities on Monday, saying that his country “cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China.”
Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the blacklist and defended its policy in the western frontier region, where rights groups say more than 1 million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are held in re-education camps.
“There is no such thing as these so-called ‘human rights issues’ as claimed by the United States,” Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang (耿爽) said. “These accusations are nothing more than an excuse for the United States to deliberately interfere in China’s internal affairs.”
The blacklisted firms included video surveillance company Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co (杭州海康威視數字技術), as well as artificial intelligence companies Megvii Technology Ltd (曠視科技) and SenseTime (商湯科技), according to an update to the US Federal Register set to be published tomorrow.
The ban comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China, particularly over trade policy and Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang.
The world’s two biggest economies are in the midst of a trade dispute, having exchanged punitive tariffs on hundreds of billions of US dollars of bilateral trade.
On Monday, the White House announced that talks between the two countries were set to resume tomorrow, with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (劉鶴) due to meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.
The 28 entities blacklisted include 18 public security bureaus in Xinjiang, a police college and eight businesses.
“These entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups,” the Federal Register update said.
CAUTION: Taiwanese should be alert, even if they have just liked or shared posts that would breach Beijing’s national security legislation for Hong Kong, the council said Due to the newly implemented Hong Kong national security legislation, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has drawn up a list of what it described as “high-risk groups,” cautioning them not to travel to Hong Kong. People who support independence for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang; those who are critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Hong Kong government and the “one country, two systems” concept; and those who donated to or voiced support for the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill movement are urged to refrain from visiting Hong Kong, the council said on its Web site. It released two posts on
NEW HONG KONG LAW: A visit to Beijing-friendly nations or those with weak judicial systems could leave people at risk of deportation to China, a former MAC official said Beijing could request countries with which it has extradition agreements to deport Taiwanese to China to face criminal charges following the implementation of national security legislation for Hong Kong, a former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official warned yesterday. Some developing countries, and those close to China because of the Belt and Road Initiative, are likely to accommodate Beijing’s requests to extradite Taiwanese to China, said former deputy MAC minister Chen Ming-chi (陳明祺), who served from July 2, 2018, until May 20, and then returned to his former post as an assistant professor of sociology at National Tsing Hua University. While Taiwanese
MORAL COURAGE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the global community to face China’s intention to subdue Taiwan and reject such irrational requests The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday strongly condemned the Chinese government for meddling with US officials’ interactions with Taiwan after FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed China’s efforts to discourage US officials from visiting Taiwan. The greatest long-term threat to the US’ information security and intellectual property, as well as its economic vitality, is China’s counterintelligence and economic espionage operations, Wray told a video event at the Hudson Institute in Washington. Beijing is engaged in a highly sophisticated and maligning foreign influence campaign, with methods that include bribery, blackmail and covert deals, he said. Giving an example, Wray said that when a US official
IN THE PIPELINE: The Ministry of National Defense said the sale, expected to take effect in one month, would be the seventh arms sale under the Trump administration The government yesterday thanked the US for approving the possible sale of a US$620 million missile repair and recertification package to Taiwan. The US Department of State has approved the sale of a package to recertify Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington for an estimated US$620 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a news release on Thursday. The agency has delivered the required certification to the US Congress, notifying it of the possible sale, it added. The TECRO had requested to buy an upgrade package that would support an operational