The US government has blacklisted 28 Chinese governmental organizations on charges of involvement in violations of the rights of Uighurs in Xinjiang.
Blacklisted, they are prohibited from buying products from US companies without US government approval.
The banned bodies include government institutions and technological companies that specialize in monitoring equipment.
This is not the first time that Chinese institutions have been subjected to US sanctions.
The Ministry of Commerce documents related to the ban said the companies and institutions involved were involved in human rights violations.
Human rights groups say Chinese authorities persecute ethnic Uighurs and place them in concentration camps.
China calls them “vocational rehabilitation centers” aimed at fighting extremism.
What are the targets of the US administration?
The Ministry of Commerce said in its decision on Monday that the 28 institutions were involved in Chinese crackdowns arbitrary mass arrests and censorship using advanced technology targeting Uighurs Kazakhs and some other Muslim ethnic groups.
The list includes the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau and a number of commercial companies specialized in facial recognition techniques.
There is a trade war between the United States and China, and delegations from the two countries will meet in Washington later this week to discuss tensions between the two sides.
What is the situation in Xinjiang?
China launched a large-scale security operation in the far west of Xinjiang province.
The United Nations and human rights organizations say China has held more than a million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in large concentration camps
where they are forced to leave Islam, speak only Mandarin and loyal to the communist Chinese government.
Who are the Uighurs “China is holding one million of them”?
China says it is rehabilitating these people in vocational training centers
There was widespread denunciation of the conduct of Chinese authorities in Xinjiang by the United States and other countries.
The Chinese authorities are asking their citizens to worship the government instead of worshiping God.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Vatican news conference last week.
In July, more than 20 countries at the UN Human Rights Council signed a joint letter criticizing China’s treatment of its Uighurs and other Muslims.
Providing them with jobs and helping them integrate into Chinese society, with a view to fighting terrorism.