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After Huawei, US may ban Chinese surveillance tech firm Hikvision: Report

Hikvision Technology which produces audio-visual equipment that can be used for surveillance were specifically cited in a letter to Trump's top advisers last month, signed by more than 40 lawmakers.

Reuters 

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US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Photo: Reuters

The is considering limits to Chinese video firm Hikvision's ability to buy U.S. technology, reported on Tuesday, deepening worries about trade frictions between the world's two top economies.

The move would effectively place on a U.S. blacklist and U.S. companies may have to obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision, the paper said.

The blocked from buying U.S. goods last week, effectively banning U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese firm, a major escalation in the trade war, saying Huawei was involved in activities contrary to

and which produce that can be used for were specifically cited in a letter to Trump's top advisers last month, signed by more than 40 lawmakers.

The lawmakers said China's actions in its western region of Xinjiang "may constitute crimes against humanity" and urged tighter U.S. export controls to ensure that U.S. companies are not assisting the Chinese government's crackdown there.

The group of signatories were led by U.S. Senator and U.S. on the Republican side and Senator and on the Democratic side.

has faced growing condemnation from Western capitals and rights groups for setting up facilities that U.N. experts describe as mass detention centers holding more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.

shares opened 10% lower.

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

First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 09:22 IST
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