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US to Blacklist China AI Firm SenseTime over Xinjiang: FT

Facial recognition software specialist targeted ahead of $767 million listing for allegedly enabling human rights abuses

US blacklists SenseTime
The company has suspended its plan for an IPO in Hong Kong after the US Treasury put in on a list of Chinese firms supplying the military and being tied to abuses endured by Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters.


Chinese artificial intelligence leader SenseTime will be blacklisted by the US on Friday, the Financial Times reported, just as the company was finalising its Hong Kong IPO.

The US Treasury will place SenseTime on a list of “Chinese military-industrial complex companies” with Washington claiming the firm enables human rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, as part of a package of sanctions against a number of countries to mark Human Rights Day.


Read the full story: The Financial Times


  • By Sean O’Meara



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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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