SHANGHAI, China: China’s Ministry of Commerce rejected the addition of 23 Chinese businesses to a U.S. economic blacklist over issues including alleged human rights abuses and military ties, terming it an “unreasonable suppression” of Chinese companies.
Stating that blacklisting companies was a “serious breach of international economic and trade rules”, a ministry spokesperson said Beijing “will take necessary measures to safeguard China’s legitimate rights and interests”.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, on Friday, added 14 Chinese companies to its economic blacklist, as they had been “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass detention, and high technology surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.”
Beijing denies the alleged abuses.
Entities included on the economic blacklist are generally required to apply for licenses from the Commerce Department and face tough scrutiny when they seek permission to receive items from U.S. suppliers.
Washington also added five companies it said directly support China’s military modernization programs, related to lasers and battle management systems. It identified a further four businesses for “exporting and attempting to export items” to entities already sanctioned by the U.S.
Wuhan Raycus Fiber Laser Technologies, one of the added entities, said in an exchange filing on Sunday that its inclusion on the economic blacklist would not have a substantial impact on its research and production.