A scientific institute from the Chinese Ministry of Security and eight companies have been blacklisted by Washington, which has imposed, in particular, “restrictions on access to American technology”, the Commerce Department said in a statement.
In October last year, the United States placed 28 Chinese government and trade organizations on the same list, accusing them of being involved in the campaign to repress the Uighur Muslim minority and other ethnicities.
These new nine entities “are complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed during the repression campaign, arbitrary mass arrests, forced labor and high-tech surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minority Muslim groups in the Uighur autonomous region of Xinjiang”, adds the same source.
The United States and numerous human rights organizations accuse China of detaining more than one million members of the Uighur community in “re-education camps” located in that region, on the far west of the country, along the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
China denies it and says that these are vocational training centers designed to help that population find jobs and divert them from Islam and terrorism.
In 2019, the autonomous region of Xinjiang was the scene of violent and deadly clashes between the Uighur minority and the central government of Beijing, which share a long history of discord.
In the past few decades, the region has witnessed an intense migration of Han Chinese, who are dominant, who, according to the BBC, already make up about 40% of the population of Xinjiang, while Uighurs represent 45%. between the United States and China, in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.