The United States added Chinese DJI, the world’s largest drone production company, on Friday to the US government’s economic blacklist, along with dozens of other Chinese companies.
The ministry added 11 SMIC companies to block their access to more advanced American technology, and the move is seen as the latest in President Trump’s efforts to cement his hard-line legacy toward China.
On Friday, Commerce Minister Wilbur Ross criticized what he called Chinese surveillance everywhere to crack down on its own citizens in Xinjiang and elsewhere.
The Commerce Department added DJI, AGCU Scientech, China National Scientific Instruments and Materials, and Kuang-Chi Group because the four companies have allowed the Chinese government to commit widespread human rights violations within China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-tech surveillance.
The ministry’s statements indicate how the four companies provide technology to the Chinese government for use in Muslim internment camps in Xinjiang.
The ministry also said: The four companies have in some cases facilitated the export of Chinese materials that aid repressive regimes around the world, in contrast to US foreign political interests.
The US government has previously raised concerns about DJI and other Chinese manufacturers of drones.
The US Department of the Interior said in January that it had stopped its fleet of about 800 Chinese-made drones and earlier, the Ministry of the Interior had stopped additional purchases of these drones.
In May 2019, the US Department of Homeland Security warned US companies of the risks to company data from Chinese-made drones.
People in the United States will still be able to purchase and use their aircraft and other products despite their inclusion on the Department of Commerce Entities List, DJI said.
It added: DJI is frustrated with the US Department of Commerce decision, and customers in America can continue to buy and use products naturally, and DJI remains committed to developing innovative products in the industry that benefit the world.