President Donald Trump just delivered a devastating blow that will leave nearly a dozen Chinese companies reeling.
According to Fox News, the president added 11 new companies to a list of China-based businesses that are being hit with sanctions over their roles in the alleged oppression of China’s Uighur Muslim minority.
Sanctions on China
Like every other country on Earth, China is struggling to get its economy back on track in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — and these sanctions won’t help matters. But that’s the goal here: to create urgency and action from China with regard to what Fox News described as human rights violations.
In a statement released by the Commerce Department this week, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross blasted Beijing for “actively” promoting “the reprehensible practice of forced labor and abusive DNA collection and analysis schemes to repress its citizens,” according to Fox.
Ross said the new sanctions “will ensure that our goods and technologies are not used in the Chinese Communist Part’s despicable offensive against defenseless Muslim minority populations.”
As Fox reported, the Department of State shared a similar message from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Twitter.
Take a look:
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 20, 2020
Dropping the hammer
According to Fox, the companies that are being slapped with these sanctions include Nanchang O-Film Tech as well as “Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co. Ltd.; Hefei Meiling Co. Ltd.; Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories Co. Ltd.; Hetian Taida Apparel Co., Ltd.; KTK Group; Tanyuan Technology Co. Ltd.; Xinjiang Silk Road BGI; and Beijing Liuhe BGI.”
As Fox noted, some of these China-based businesses supply major wholesale and retail suppliers here in the states, such as Nike, Amazon, Microsoft, and Land’s End.
The new sanctions come as the White House has turned up the heat on China with regard to its role in the coronavirus pandemic. The disease has killed more than 619,000 worldwide, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, and many have said that number would be lower if China had done its part sooner.
Only time will tell if further measures will be enacted to punish China for its role in that debacle. For now, however, the Trump administration has made clear that oppression at the hands of the government simply won’t be tolerated in countries that trade with the U.S.