Chinese govt blasts US blacklist of 28 entities over Xinjiang as ‘groundless’ Oct 09, 2019 0 641 12345 AFPBeijingChina hit back at the United States on Tuesday over the blacklisting of 28 Chinese entities accused of being implicated in rights violations against mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, saying the claims are “groundless”.US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the move to bar the entities on Monday, saying his country “cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China.” But Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the blacklist and defended its policy in the western frontier region, where rights groups say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are held in re-education camps. “There is no such thing as these so-called ‘human rights issues’ as claimed by the United States,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday.“These accusations are nothing more than an excuse for the United States to deliberately interfere in China’s internal affairs.” The blacklisted firms included video surveillance company Hikvision, as well as artificial intelligence companies Megvii Technology and SenseTime, according to an update to the US Federal Register set to be published Wednesday.The ban comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China, particularly over trade policy and Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang. The world’s two biggest economies are in the midst of a trade war, having exchanged punitive tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey ready for Syria offensive despite mixed Trump signals Oct 09, 2019 0 953 Iran opposes Syria military action, Zarif tells Turkey Oct 09, 2019 0 184 Iraq’s parliament meets after protests spark political crisis Oct 09, 2019 0 160 Hong Kong’s Lam says Chinese intervention can’t be ruled out dpa Hong Kong Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that Chinese intervention remains an option if anti-government unrest “becomes so bad” that calling on Beijing for help cannot be ruled out. In her weekly press .. Would welcome Kurds back into fold, says Damascus AFP Beirut Damascus is ready to welcome Syria’s Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Turkish military threats alone, a senior official said in comments published Tuesday. Ankara has threatened an .. Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Istanbul: Turkish air strikes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, Ankara’s defence ministry said Tuesday.The ministry said on Twitter that “nine terrorists were neutralised” in air strikes in the Hakurk .. Zuma’s son says not corrupt, but victim of S African political ‘storm’ Johannesburg: The son of South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma, accused by witnesses of acting as a conduit in a major web of state graft, said on Tuesday he was not corrupt but a victim of political crossfire. Duduzane .. Mozambique says army killed 9 militants in restive north Maputo: Mozambican soldiers killed nine “evildoers” in the volatile north ahead of general elections next week, the government has said, in the first ever official confirmation of an attack on militants. Suspected .. German defence minister visits soldiers in north-eastern Mali Gao: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Tuesday visited German soldiers serving with the United Nations in Mali to learn about their mission in the West African country. The soldiers are based in .. Iran to present regional peace plan for Strait of Hormuz ‘soon’ Tehran: Iran will be ready to present the details of its peace plan for the strategically important Strait of Hormuz “soon,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday. The plan, announced by President ..