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United states could the black list of Chinese surveillance tech firm Hikvision: NYT

FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk near the stable of the Hikvision Digital Technology Co. at the Security China 2018 exhibition on public security in Beijing, China, 23 October, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Photo File

(Reuters) – The U.S. government is considering limits on the Chinese video surveillance company Hikvision have the opportunity to buy AMERICAN technology, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, deepening concerns about trade frictions between the two top economies.

The move is actually taking place Hikvision on a US black list, and U.S. companies can obtain the approval of the government, to supply parts Hikvision, the paper said.

The U. S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei Technologies from buying AMERICAN goods last week, effectively ban U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese company, a major escalation in the trade war, saying Huawei was involved in activities contrary to the national security.

Hikvision and Dahua Technology, for the production of audio-visual equipment, which can be used for surveillance were specifically cited in a letter to Trump’s top advisers in the last month, signed by more than 40 legislators.

The lawmakers said that China’s actions in the western region Xinjiang “may constitute crimes against humanity” and urged the application of more stringent U.S. export controls to ensure that U.S. companies assisting the Chinese government to occur.

The group of the signatories were led by US Senator Marco Rubio and U.S. Representative Chris Smith on the Republican side, and Senator Bob Menendez and Representative James McGovern on the Democratic side.

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China faced with growing condemnation from the Western capitals and the rights of groups for the creation of facilities that U. N. experts describe as mass detention centers that are more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.

Hikvision shares opened 10% lower.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. Hikvision could not be immediately reached for comment.

Reporting by Rama Venkat and Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler and Gopakumar Warrier

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