US blacklists dozens of Chinese tech companies and agencies over ‘brutal oppression’ of Uighurs

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The US has blacklisted 28 Chinese companies and government agencies over what it called the “brutal” treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang province.

The banned groups are mostly technology companies, developing facial recognition, artificial intelligence and video surveillance equipment which the American government said was being used to repress minority groups.

The US Commerce Department’s announcement late on Monday places the groups on its “Entity List”, defining them as acting against America’s foreign policy interests. It effectively bans US firms from dealing with the companies without government approval.

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