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US-China tensions

US adds 14 Chinese companies to trade blacklist over Xinjiang

Entities in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Pakistan also included

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. has added 14 companies based in China to its economic blacklist for being involved in the surveillance and detention of Muslims in the Xinjiang region, according to the Department of Commerce on Friday.

"The Department of Commerce remains firmly committed to taking strong, decisive action to target entities that are enabling human rights abuses in Xinjiang or that use U.S. technology to fuel China's destabilizing military modernization efforts," Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in a statement.

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