A response from China on the Xinjiang issue that hits USA companies would add another obstacle as the world's two biggest economies struggle to finalize a phase-one deal to de-escalate their trade war.
If I want to make a deal with China, I would do very well.
Chinese state media said the government will soon publish a list of "unreliable entities" that could lead to sanctions against USA companies, signaling that trade talks between the two nations are increasingly under threat from disputes over human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin went further on Twitter, saying that USA officials may face visa restrictions and US passport holders could be banned from entering the province. Investors are looking for any signs of progress ahead of a December 15 deadline for President Donald Trump to add yet more tariffs on Chinese imports.
Reuters reports additional comments from US President Trump, as he now speaks on the US-China trade talks. The communist country announced a ban on visits by U.S. Navy warships to Hong Kong and sanctions against human rights organizations.
China hasn't specified which companies would be affected by the blacklist, though courier firm FedEx Corp. has been under particular scrutiny this year.
USA lawmakers reportedly intend to vote in support of a "Xinjiang-related bill", new legislation that will allow United States authorities to punish Bejing over alleged human rights violations.
In late August 2018, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reported that large numbers of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities were being detained in political "re-education camps" in Xinjiang, often for long periods without being charged or tried, under the pretext of countering terrorism and religious extremism.