US export restrictions on 28 Chinese entities & visa ban on Chinese officials

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce has added to its Entity List 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organisations “implicated in human rights violations  and abuses in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR)”. The Entities include XUAR People’s Government Public Security Bureau, 19 subordinate elements, and 8 artificial intelligence tech companies. Under the Section 744.11(b) of the Export Administration Regulations, an entity is added to the Entity List when there is reasonable cause to believe that the entity is or poses a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities contrary to the national security of the US. This imposes additional licence requirements on, and limits the availability of licences for, exports, re-exports and transfers to these entities. Press Release.

The Dept of State has also announced visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for the detention/abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs or other Muslim minority groups in XUAR. This restriction is in response to alleged “mass detentions in internment camps; pervasive, high-tech surveillance; draconian controls on expressions of cultural and religious identities”. Family members of officials may also be subject to travel bans.

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