The Biden administration aims at adding more than 10 Chinese companies to its economic blacklist by Friday due to alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance on Xinjiang, according to two sources told Reuters.
The US Commerce Department added five companies and other Chinese organizations to the blacklist last month over allegations of forced labor in the western region of China. The process of adding the companies to the Commerce Department’s Entity List is a part of Biden’s administration plan that pursues the goal of making China accountable for alleged human rights violations, according to the sources.
China denies all the accusations concerning forced labor in Xinjiang, saying that its policies are essential to overwhelm separatists and religious extremists who brought tensions between mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs and Han, China’s largest ethnic group.
The Chinese embassy in Washington hasn’t responded yet to a request for comment.
One of the sources said that the Department plans to add 14 Chinese companies to the Entity List over abuses in Xinjiang. The names of the companies to be added are not yet revealed. There are also some companies from other countries which are also to be added to the blacklist by Friday.