As warned, the Trump administration sanctioned companies linked to the exploitation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China.

In a statement from the United States Department of Commerce, it was reported that the Trump administration was taking further action to address the human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The report details that 11 Chinese companies linked to the exploitation of Uighurs in China will be sanctioned. 

“The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added to the Entity List 11 Chinese companies implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)”

The companies that were added to the Entity List in relation to the practice of forced labour involving Uighurs and other minority Muslim groups in the Xinjiang area are:

  • Changji Esquel Textile Co. Ltd.
  • Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co.
  • Hefei Meiling Co. Ltd.
  • Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories Co.
  • Hetian Taida Apparel Co. Ltd.
  • KTK Group
  • Nanjing Synergy Textiles Co.
  • Nanchang O-Film Tech
  • Tanyuan Technology Co. Ltd. 
  • Xinjiang Silk Road BGI
  • Beijing Liuhe BGI

As reported on its website, the List of Entities is a tool used by Commerce to restrict the export, re-export, and transfer (within the country) of items to persons (individuals, organizations and businesses) reasonably believed to be, or pose a significant risk of being, involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. 

“Beijing actively promotes the reprehensible practice of forced labor and abusive DNA collection and analysis systems to suppress its citizens,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in the statement.

He also published on Twitter, “This action will ensure that our goods and technologies are not used in the Chinese Communist Party’s despicable offensive against defenseless Muslim minorities.

The new sanctions that the United States applied on companies of the CCP, increase the level of tension between both powers that has been escalating since the beginning of the pandemic. The Chinese Communist Party has not ceased to be questioned by representatives of the Trump administration.

One of the main claims is that it is responsible for the spread of the virus, another is the questioned advance of the CCP in the waters of the South Sea, which puts neighboring countries on alert and puts the free movement in international waters at risk. Now a new chapter is emerging, as new reports are added regarding the mass killings and exploitation in clandestine forced labor centers of the Uighur Muslim minority.