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Tanks and armoured vehicles drive by performers dressed as military during the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party on June 28. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The Commerce Department added 34 foreign entities to an export blacklist on Friday for "acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States," including 23 companies allegedly tied to the Chinese military or implicated in the genocide against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: It's the Biden administration's latest effort to hold China accountable for its human rights abuses and restrict U.S. firms from doing business in Xinjiang, where Beijing is engaged in a campaign of mass surveillance, detention and forced labor against Uyghurs and other minorities.

  • The Commerce Department is also blacklisting companies based in Canada, Iran, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, the UAE and the U.K. for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran or Russia.

Context: The so-called "entity list" bans the listed companies from doing business with American suppliers without obtaining a license from the U.S. government.

  • Dozens of companies tied to repression in Xinjiang were blacklisted under the Trump administration, and the Biden administration has continued to use the entity list to push back on the growing assertiveness of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • China has denied the existence of human rights violations in Xinjiang. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a statement Friday: "The Chinese side will take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and rejects U.S. attempts to interfere in China's internal affairs."
  • Read the list of companies.

Go deeper: U.S. blacklists Chinese companies tied to Xinjiang gene bank project

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U.S. elected to rejoin UN Human Rights Council after exit under Trump

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. has been elected to rejoin on the UN Human Rights Council, the State Department announced Thursday, three years after former President Trump walked out on the panel citing bias against Israel.

Flashback: The Biden administration announced in February it planned to rejoin the council, acknowledging what it called an "unacceptable bias against Israel," but arguing that being a member would help the U.S. advance its own interests.

Oct 15, 2021 - Health

Texas abortion ban stumps businesses

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies and CEOs are reluctant to speak out against Texas’ abortion ban because they fear there’s more to lose than gain.

Why it matters: As the de facto fourth branch of government, CEOs face more pressure to drive social and political change.

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.