Trump Administration Could Blacklist China’s Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm
The US government may blacklist Chinese video surveillance giant Hikvision in order to prevent it from purchasing US technology. The Trump administration is expected to decide on this issue in the next few weeks. China uses Hikvision’s surveillance products to monitor the oppressed Muslim Uyghur minority in its Xinjiang region, but the ban would more likely be the result of the US government’s general view that China poses an economic, political, military and technology threat.
In the midst of rising US-China trade tensions, the US began targeting Chinese tech firms last week when Trump recently issued an executive order enabling the US government to ban the use of Huawei telecommunications equipment by US firms. And earlier this week, US Department of Homeland Security issued an alert over the security risks of drones manufactured in China, such as those made by DJI.