The US Department of Commerce has announced new sanctions against individual Chinese companies and government organizations. Two new sanctions lists have been published on the ministry’s website.
The first includes the Institute of Forensic Examination of the Chinese Public Security Ministry and 8 Chinese legal entities. In Washington, they are believed to be “complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed during China’s campaign of repression, mass illegal detentions, forced labor and high-tech surveillance of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
The Ministry noted that all of them will complement the sanctions list established in October 2019, which already includes 28 Chinese companies on the same charges.
The second sanctions list includes 24 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations “engaged in activities contrary to national security or the foreign policy interests of the United States”. These organizations are based in China, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. The Ministry believes that these organizations, which import goods and technology from the United States, are ultimately linked to the development of weapons of mass destruction and military technology.