China calls additions to U.S. economic blacklist ‘unreasonable suppression’

 China calls additions to U.S. economic blacklist ‘unreasonable suppression’

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, China April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song//File Photo

SHANGHAI, July 11 (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Commerce said Sunday it “resolutely opposes” the addition of 23 Chinese entities to a U.S. economic blacklist over issues including alleged human rights abuses and military ties.

In a statement citing a spokesperson, the Chinese commerce ministry said the inclusion of the Chinese entities was a “serious breach of international economic and trade rules” and an “unreasonable suppression” of Chinese companies.

The Chinese government “will take necessary measures to safeguard China’s legitimate rights and interests,” the statement said.

The U.S. Department of Commerce said on Friday it had added 14 companies and other entities to its economic blacklist, saying they had been “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of…

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