The People’s Republic of China is hitting back after the United States blacklisted over two dozen Chinese entities within its economic trade deal. The Ministry of Commerce has since claimed that these entities have committed serious breaches of international and economic trade rules, as well as some harsher accusations. The US Department of Commerce is claiming that these companies have shown a serious violation of human rights and abuses. These actions include repression, mass detention, and high-tech surveillance of several of the Chinese minority Muslim groups.
While Beijing is denying these allegations and hitting back criticizing the US’ “unreasonable suppression”, the US is claiming that these violations have been detected against the Muslim minorities including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This region has historically been home to some of the largest and most diverse minority groups in China, as well as the main point of access to the famous ancient Silk Road, a trade route that connected China with the Middle East.
What Happens Now?
The entities that were blacklisted by the United States will not be able to engage in the economic trade with this country, which significantly damages its national economy and further relations with other countries. The scrutiny that follows this situation usually makes it even harder for the entities and companies to regain the commerce licenses by the US Department of Commerce. They are required to submit their requests again to this regulatory body in order to become approved and removed from the blacklist.
Aside from this, another 5 entities were added to the US economic blacklist due to relations with the Chinese military modernization programs. This would not be a violation if it weren’t for the proof that these companies were exporting or planning to export items that were already sanctioned by the US. The exact items are not known, but they are said to be tied to laser and battle management system improvement and development.
The Trump Administration Ties
Back in 2019 under the administration of US President Donald Trump, the US Department of Commerce has targeted over 20 Chinese public security companies and bureaus. They were investigated based on the allegations of mistreatment of the Chinese Muslim minorities, and they include some of the biggest names including the facial recognition technology giants SenseTime Group Ltd and Megvii Technology Ltd.
The infamous trade war that Trump’s administration has imposed on China has included several years of tough economic sanctions, blacklistings, and other forms of suppression of Chinese imports. The sanctions rose every few months, and they are said to have severely damaged the economies of both countries, not to mention their geopolitical relations. Although the sanctions have since eased, the latest moves from the Biden administration are showing that the Chinese import still has a long way to go to become updated with the latest requirements that the global economy is imposing.
Currently, the US Department of Commerce has added 34 companies to its blacklist regarding economic trade and import/export relations, including a few entities from Russia and Iran as well. The official statement from the Department is claiming that it is firm in its decision to condemn any violations of human rights in all parts of the world, especially if they are collateral damage to a country’s economic growth and development. This latest move by the US was made after the US Department of Commerce previously added five Chinese companies to its blacklist after allegations came to light about forced labor in the western region of China.