For the last two-and-a-half years, China has been detaining hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in what Beijing alternately describes as “voluntary de-radicalization camps” and “vocational training centers.”
Former detainees have described them as closer to internment camps, however, and allegations of abuse are rampant, including in firsthand accounts given to CNN describing torture and forced political re-education under the threat of violence.
Their addition to the Entity List essentially bars them from buying US products or importing American technology.
Hikvision — which has previously been accused by US lawmakers of helping China create a “high-tech police state” — suspended trading following the move, though it did not specifically mention the blacklist in its announcement. Hikvision trades in Shenzhen. Meiya Pico has yet to publicly comment.
The blacklisting of Chinese organizations comes days before high-level trade talks are due to resume in Washington in the hopes of reaching an end to the months-long US-China trade war.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, US President Donald Trump said “my inclination is to get a big deal. We’ve come this far. We’re doing well.”
“Can something happen? I guess, maybe. Who knows? But I think it’s probably unlikely. Okay?” Trump added.
He denied promising to stay quiet Monday, “but I (did) say that we are negotiating. If anything happened bad, I think that would be a very bad for the negotiation.”
Trump also referenced Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese city that has been gripped by 18 weeks of anti-government unrest.
“Hong Kong is very important as a world hub — not just for China, but for the world. And you have great people over there,” Trump said. “They have, you know, tremendous signage and tremendous — they have a tremendous spirit for our country. They have a lot of American flags, a lot of Trump signs. I’d just like to see a humane deal be worked out. And I think President Xi has the ability to do it.”