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Uyghur 'human rights violations' prompt United States to blacklist 28 Chinese security companies

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Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision provides technology for sophisticated footage of Muslim minority groups

Yitu said it will "remain in communication with the US government".

He also wants China to address the issue of theft of intellectual properties of U.S. companies and their forced coercion inside China. SenseTime said it was "deeply disappointed" in the U.S. decision.

Nor is it likely to do much in curbing the fast expansion of Chinese technology.

Hikvision, with a market impress of about $42 billion, calls itself the realm's finest maker of video surveillance gear.

Hikvision told Bloomberg that it "strongly opposes today's decision by the United States government", which is says "will hamper efforts by global companies to improve human rights around the world".

Pompeo is imposing the restrictions on government leaders and Communist Party officials who are found responsible for or complicit in the detention and abuse of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other minority Muslim groups in Xinjiang, according to the State Department.

But artificial intelligence, which sets the foundation for next-generation technologies such as autonomous driving and smart manufacturing, in central to Beijing's pursuit of global technology leadership.

China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition, he said.

The foreign ministry's Geng accused the US of having "sinister intentions". "China will continue to take resolute measures to firmly safeguard its national sovereignty and developmental interests".

"We urge the USA to immediately correct its mistakes and withdraw the relevant decisions, and stop interfering with China's internal affairs". Both companies have cameras that feature facial recognition capabilities. The AI-led processing and analysis of that data, in turn, reinforces the effectiveness of surveillance.

The U.S. announced the measure on Monday in an effort to target technology, which is reportedly being used for repressing Muslim minorities. But the move comes at a sensitive time in U.S.

China has moved fast to develop its own software capabilities to world-class levels.

Chinese tech companies have also moved fast to develop their own supply chains since the USA put a supply ban in place this May against Huawei, the world's largest telecom gear maker, which Washington views as central to Chinese surveillance systems.

They target Chinese companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology USA officials say is being used to repress Muslims in China's northwest.

The timing of the move, just a few days ahead of the latest talks aimed to end the "good and easy to win" trade war with China, now in the better part of its second year, might seem a bit inflammatory, but the United States government is clear that this has everything to do with national security and nothing to do with the trade war.

The two countries also remain at odds over what caused trade talks to fall apart in May.

The US said however that the latest blacklisting was not related to those trade talks.

China has responded with outrage to punitive USA actions over Xinjiang.

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