Chinese suppliers to Google and Apple face US sanctions
THE White House has sanctioned 11 Chinese companies, including suppliers to Apple, Google, HP and Microsoft, over alleged human rights abuses of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in China.
The list features companies that work with major fashion brands along with technology giants like Amazon, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).
The companies are now barred from buying American technology or products. Huawei, which was placed on the list last year, for “activities determined to be contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” can no longer licence Google’s Android operating system for its devices as result of the sanctions.
The United States’ Commerce Department
said that the new additions to the list were complicit in the “repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labour, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups.”
One of the companies, O-Film, supplied parts for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X and Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, visited its factory in 2017, according to the ASPI report. Another company, Heifei Bitland Information Technologies, manufactures computers and phones and describes itself as a partner of Google.
The Chinese manufacturer, which makes camera and finger detection technology, was backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013, according to Pitchbook.
Representatives for the charity did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and HP.
Two of the 11 companies were accused of forcing Uighurs to share their DNA. Sheffield surveillance camera company Pyronix was caught up in a human rights scandal when it emerged it was owned by sanctioned company Hikvision, which is accused of building systems to monitor Uighurs. Hikvision said it was investigating the claims.
Apple boss Tim Cook is reported to have visited the factory of one of the suppliers sanctioned by the US