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China: U.S. Commerce Department Blacklists 28 Chinese Entities Over Human Rights Violations

1 MIN READOct 8, 2019 | 17:55 GMT

What Happened: The U.S. Commerce Department has added 28 Chinese entities to its Entity List over human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Bloomberg reported Oct. 8. The list of companies includes producers of surveillance cameras, such as Dahua and Hikvision, and artificial intelligence startups.

Why It Matters: Although the U.S. Commerce Department's announcement has yet to affect trade talks, China will likely push back against the blacklisting in upcoming negotiations with the United States. Beijing could also move forward with its own list of unreliable entities that could affect U.S. business ties to China.

Background: U.S. and Chinese negotiators will meet later this week for a new round of trade talks after reports suggested earlier that Beijing was looking to narrow the scope of a potential trade deal and not include commitments on its industrial policy.

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