New U.S. restrictions on 33 Chinese firms, institutions take effect June 5

U.S. Commerce said Wednesday that new restrictions on 33 firms and institutions would take effect on Friday, June 5.

agency had announced in May it was adding them to an economic blacklist for helping Beijing spy on its minority Uighur population or of ties to weapons of mass destruction and China’s .

move marked Trump administration’s latest efforts to crack down on whose goods may support activities and to punish Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities.

The firms and institutions are being added to the U.S. “entity list,” which restricts sales of U.S. goods shipped to them and some more limited items made abroad U.S. content or technology.

can apply for licenses to make the sales, but they overcome a presumption of denial. (Reuters/NAN)