U.S. To Impose Visa Bans On Chinese
Tech Firms Over Rights Abuses In Xinjiang, Elsewhere
July 16, 2020
The United States says it is imposing
travel bans on employees of the technology giant Huawei and other
Chinese companies Washington has accused of facilitating human right
violations around the world, including in China's western province of
In a statement on July 15, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described
Huawei as “an arm of the [Chinese Communist Party’s] surveillance state
that censors political dissidents and enables mass internment camps in
Xinjiang and the indentured servitude of its population shipped all over
Separately, the secretary of state told reporters that Huawei employees
found to be providing “material support to regimes engaging in human
rights violations and abuses globally" would be hit with sanctions.
It is not clear how many Huawei employees would be affected.
Pompeo said in his statement that telecommunications companies around
the world “should consider themselves on notice: If they are doing
business with Huawei, they are doing business with human rights
The administration of President Donald Trump has led a campaign to
convince foreign governments to bar Huawei from their advanced
telecommunications networks, arguing that the Chinese company provides a
gateway for Beijing to spy on and potentially attack countries that use
On July 14, the British government said that Huawei equipment must be
purged completely from Britain's 5G network by the end of 2027, claiming
the company poses a national security threat.
Huawei denies it spies for Beijing and accuses Washington of trying to
impede its growth.
announcement comes amid an intensifying U.S. effort to pressure China
over gross human rights abuses reported in the Xinjiang region, where
Beijing is accused of placing more than 1 million Uyghurs and members of
other mostly Muslim ethnic groups in internment camps and prisons where,
since early 2017, they have been physically abused, subjected to
ideological discipline, and forced to denounce their religion and
China says the camps are reeducation and training centers needed to
combat separatist terrorism and extremism.
On July 9, Washington imposed sanctions on senior Chinese officials for
“horrific and systematic” human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
The U.S. sanctions were imposed amid already high tensions between
Washington and Beijing over issues including China's handling of the
coronavirus pandemic and the tightening of its grip on Hong Kong.