By Abliz Poskam, Voice of Uyghur
On Friday, the Biden administration put 14 Chinese companies to a trade blacklist for involving in abusing Uyghur people and other minorities in China.
The electronics and technology companies, as well as other businesses, aided "Beijing's campaign of repression, mass imprisonment, and high-tech surveillance" against Uyghurs in the autonomous region, according to the Commerce Department.
The sanctions, which prevent Americans from selling equipment or other commodities to the companies, are the latest in a series of financial and commercial retaliations by the US in response to China's treatment of the Uyghur people.
"The Department of Commerce remains firmly committed to taking strong, decisive action to target entities that are enabling human rights abuses in Xinjiang or that use U.S. technology to fuel China's destabilizing military modernization efforts," Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in a statement. "We will continue to aggressively use export controls to hold governments, companies, and individuals accountable for attempting to access U.S.-origin items for subversive activities in countries like China, Iran, and Russia that threaten U.S. national security interests and are inconsistent with our values."