China has yet to comment on the strike from the US.
Those added to the list include the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region People’s Government Public Security Bureau, 19 subordinate government agencies and eight commercial firms, according to a Commerce Department filing.
The companies include some of China’s leading artificial intelligence firms such as SenseTime Group Ltd, and Megvii Technology Ltd, which is backed by Alibaba (BABA.N)
The internment camps are said to hold as many as a million people
Also included, Hikvision, formally known as Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd, Zhejiang Dahua Technology, IFLYTEK Co, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information Co, and Yixin Science and Technology Co.
The department filing said the “entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups.”
Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce said: “The US Government and Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China.”
The list also includes more serious organisations, such as municipal and county public security bureaus and the Xinjiang Police College.