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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

China artificial intelligence (AI) startup SenseTime offices in Hong Kong
Silicon Valley Bank and Wanxiang American Healthcare investments group made investments in Chinese AI firms alongside China's Sensetime. 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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