[Washington = Permanent Shiobara]On the 9th, the US Department of Commerce has imposed an export ban on 14 Chinese companies and organizations that handle monitoring technologies such as facial recognition, saying that they are being used to monitor ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. The US administration of Biden has just imposed sanctions on solar panel components companies in the autonomous region late last month, and the US administration is increasing pressure on China to suppress human rights. The ministry has designated 14 companies and organizations on the list of targets that require permission to export technology from US companies. It will be a substantial embargo. The products and technologies are said to be useful for large-scale detention and surveillance of ethnic minorities such as the Uighurs. The embargo list included manufacturers of facial recognition products and companies that handle surveillance technology software. “We will take strong and decisive action against groups that enable human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,” Secretary of Commerce Lemond said in a statement. Regarding the autonomous region, on the 24th of last month, five companies and organizations such as solar panel-related companies in the autonomous region have just been designated as embargoes, alleging that they are involved in forced labor for ethnic minorities. The repulsion on the Chinese side is inevitable, and friction between the United States and China is likely to increase.