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U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions, Blacklists Tech Firms Over Chinese Detention Of Uighurs

U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions, Blacklists Tech Firms Over Chinese Detention Of Uighurs

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Topline: In what is the strongest U.S. response so far to China’s detention of Uighur Muslims, the White House announced Tuesday that it would put visa restrictions on Chinese officials and blacklist Chinese tech firms with links to government surveillance.

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  • Early Tuesday, the White House said it would put 28 Chinese surveillance and artificial intelligence companies on a blacklist, preventing them from buying important American-made components like microchips.
  • U.S. officials say these companies, including the large security camera maker Hikvision, are complicit in the “mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups.”
  • After the blacklisting announcement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would put visa restrictions on Chinese officials believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uighurs.
  • The moves are the most significant U.S. responses to the increasing attention on the plight of the Uighurs from human rights groups, world leaders and the media.
  • A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday said to “stay tuned” for China’s retaliation, and another official said China “strongly urges” the U.S. to remove sanctions and stop accusing the country of human rights violations.

News peg: China has detained over 1 million Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of the country over the past three years, according to U.S. officials. Human rights groups say these so-called reeducation camps are an attempt to suppress the Uighurs’ religion and Islamic identity by involuntarily detaining them without trial. The Chinese government says the efforts are an important tool in combating extremism and terrorism.

What’s next: The Trump administration’s actions have already clouded trade talks between China and the U.S. set for later this week, with the Chinese delegation already planning to cut its stay in Washington short, the South China Morning Post reported.

 

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