On Tuesday, the 8th of October 2019, the US Commerce Department widened its blacklists to add some of the top Chinese AI start-ups, adding that the punitive measures were taken over Beijing’s mistreatment of Chinese ethnic minority Muslim community, Uighur alongside other potential human right concerns, steaming up the heats ahead of the first Minister-level talk, scheduled to take place in Washington by next Thursday (October 10th), in more than two months.
As a matter of fact, latest US decision came forth over the heels of yesterday’s (October 7th) announcement of US Trade Representative’s office of Robert Lighthizer, which blacklisted 28 Chinese companies over same allegations including Chinese video surveillance firm, Hikvision.
Nonetheless, Tuesday’s (October 8th) decision to incline punitive measures against more than 20 Chinese public security bureaus including facial recognition technology developer SenseTime Group Ltd. Alongside Megvii Technology Ltd, came as a shock to the investors across the globe who were expecting at least a ceasefire on tariffs following Thursday’s (October 10th) meet.
Besides, addressing to potential human rights violation, the US Commerce Department said in a statement on Tuesday (October 8th), “Entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups,” while US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross had been quoted saying shortly after release of Commerce Dept.’s statement, “The U.S.
Government and Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China”.