The Trump government is considering blacklisting another major Chinese technology company to expand a US campaign to break China's access to American know-how and spark a worsening trade conflict, one with the debate trusted person.
] Although no final decision has yet been taken, the government is preparing to tackle Hikvision, the world's largest manufacturer of CCTV technology, the person said on condition of anonymity. The considerations were first reported by the New York Times.
Published less than a week after the US government prevented US companies from supplying Huawei Technologies, perhaps the most famous Chinese manufacturer, without obtaining a US government license. Earlier this week, the government eased the ban and announced that US companies would be granted a temporary 90-day exemption to help Huawei maintain its existing networks.
Officials should keep an eye on the same punishment for Hikvision, using a mechanism of the Ministry of Commerce known as the "Entity List".
Relying on national security issues, last year Congress banned federal agencies from buying equipment manufactured by Hikvision and four other Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE, Hytera and Dahua.
The measure was triggered, according to Claude Chafin, a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee, by "classified information that the committee had reviewed as part of our regular oversight activities." ] Hikvision provides surveillance cameras used by the Chinese government throughout Xinjiang's Muslim region to combat terrorism as separatist.
Randall Schriver, Deputy Minister of Defense for Asia, announced earlier this month that the Chinese government is in custody of 3 million Muslim Uighurs in reeducation camps. The authorities in Beijing call the facilities vocational training centers.
In an interview with Fox News, Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the United States, denied reports of human rights abuses. "They are real training centers," he said. "They are not camps. They have open goals. There are no armed guards. People could go home over the weekend. "
Hikvision reported sales of approximately $ 7.2 billion in 2018 last month. In its annual letter to shareholders, the company said it had faced numerous challenges over the past year, but remained" optimistic about the Growth in the coming years in the domestic and overseas markets. "
Hikvision said it had received no notification that the US was preparing to take action, and one spokeswoman said that the company had raised allegations about using its product technology in Xinjiang very seriously.
The company has been discussing "these issues with the US government" since October, Vivian Zhou said. Hikvision had commissioned American lawyer Pierre-Richard Prosper, who served as ambassador for war crimes under President George W. Bush, to advise him on respect for human rights.
"Regardless, Hikvision takes cyber security as a company very seriously and adheres to all applicable laws and regulations in the markets in which we operate," the spokeswoman said in a statement sent by email, she said.
When asked about the reports, a Foreign Ministry spokesman did not directly address Hikvision, saying that the US "abused its national power" by targeting individual Chinese companies. "We are against the US trying to smear and suppress companies from other countries, including China," Lu Kang said at a regular press conference.
The Trump Government's Intensification Campaign to Restrict China's Access to Advanced US Technologies Lasts One Year The Trade Conflict Breaches Hopes for an Early Settlement.
Despite the President's continued pursuit of a trade agreement, the government has cracked down on China in other areas. The Department of Justice indicted two hackers in December allegedly working with the Chinese Ministry of State Security to target companies with advanced technologies and military applications.
The Department of Commerce is developing new regulations to restrict the export of 14 advanced technologies, including robotic technologies, from the US and quantum computers, in a move that is motivated by concern for China's access to American innovation.
Some Trump Administration officials want to separate American investors and companies from Chinese companies that help strengthen the Chinese military, the "Big Brother" surveillance networks, or those that benefit from China's alleged theft of US business secrets.
Last year, the Department of Commerce banned state-subsidized ZTE from doing business with American suppliers after the company breached the provisions of an earlier enforcement measure.
However, the president reversed the ban that crippled ZTE following a personal request from Chi Nesi President Xi Jinping.
The episode shows that any move to separate Chinese companies' ties to the United States could cause collateral damage to the US economy. ZTE spends approximately $ 2.6 billion annually on purchasing products from US companies such as Qualcomm and Intel. Huawei also relies heavily on American suppliers.
Government officials recognize that the more and more significant Chinese companies are affected by sanctions, the greater the pain for US companies and their employees.
Ellen Nakashima in Washington and Anna Fifield in Washington, Beijing contributed to this report.