Trump administration is considering blacklisting another major Chinese technology company in a move that would extend a US campaign to separate China's access to US know-how and encourage a deeper trade conflict, according to one person who is familiar with the debate.
Although a final decision has not yet been made, the administration is preparing to move towards Hikvision, the world's largest video surveillance technology producer, said the person under the assumption of anonymity. The considerations were first reported by the New York Times.
The information comes less than a week after the administration prevented US companies from supplying Huawei Technologies, perhaps China's most prominent producer, without first obtaining a US state license. The administration earlier this week alleviated the ban and said it would provide temporary 90-day exceptions for US companies to help Huawei maintain its existing networks.
U.S. Officials are said to be eyeing the same punishment for hicvision using a trading mechanism known as the "Unity List."
referring to national security considerations last year, the Congress banned federal agencies from buying hikvision equipment and four other Chinese technologies Companies: Huawei, ZTE, Hytera and Dahua.
The measure was triggered by "classified information reviewed by the Committee during our regular supervisory activities", according to Claude Chafin, a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee.  Hikvision provides surveillance cameras that the Chinese government has used throughout the Muslim majority Xinjiang region to combat what it describes as separatist terrorism.
Earlier this month, Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia, said the Chinese government is reluctant 3 million Muslim Uighurs in training camps. The Beijing authorities describe the facilities as vocational training centers.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Cui Tiankai, China's US ambassador, denied human rights violations. "They are real training centers," he said. "They are not camps. They have open gates. There are no armed guards. People could go home during the weekend."
Hikvision reported last month at $ 1.65bn. Dollars on revenue of around 7.2 billion. Dollars in 2018. In its annual register, the company said it had had many challenges last year, but remained "optimistic about growth in domestic and overseas markets in the coming years."
Trump's intensifying campaign to limit China's Access to advanced US technologies comes as an annual trade conflict that can withstand the hopes of early settlement.
Despite the President's continued pursuit of a trade agreement, the administration has cracked down on China in other kingdoms. The Justice Department in December accused two hackers who allegedly worked with the Chinese State Security Ministry and targeted companies with advanced technology with military applications.
The Trade Department prepares new regulations to limit US exports of 14 advanced technologies, including robotics and quantum computing, motivated by concerns over China's access to US innovations.
Some Trump administration officials want to discontinue US investors and companies from Chinese companies that help beef the Chinese military, "Big Brother" surveillance networks or those benefiting from China's alleged theft of US trade secrets.
Last year, the Ministry of Commerce forbids ZTE from doing business with US suppliers after the company violated the conditions for a previous enforcement.
But the President turned the ban, which would have paralyzed ZTE, following a personal plea by President Xi Jinping of Chi.
The section illustrates that any move to cut Chinese business relations with the United States can cause security damage to the US economy. ZTE uses about $ 2.6 billion a year to buy products from US companies like Qualcomm and Intel. Huawei is also dependent on US suppliers.
Administration officials acknowledge that the greater the number and importance of Chinese companies affected by sanctions, the greater the pain for US companies and their workers.
Ellen Nakashima in Washington contributed to this report.