Beijing: China demanded Washington lift sanctions on Chinese tech companies and warned Wednesday it will ‘resolutely safeguard’ the country’s interests. The Ministry of Commerce criticised curbs imposed on sales of US technology to a group of Chinese companies as interference in the country’s affairs. American officials say those companies provide technology used to repress Muslim minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
“We strongly urge the United States to immediately stop making irresponsible remarks on the issue of Xinjiang, stop interfering with China’s internal affairs and remove relevant Chinese entities from the Entity List as soon as possible,” said a ministry statement. “China will take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard Chinese interests.” The ministry gave no details of possible retaliation. Despite the spike in tension, the ministry said Tuesday a trade delegation was going ahead with a trip to Washington this week for talks aimed at ending a tariff war.