Washington has accused the companies of helping Beijing suppress Muslim minorities in Xijiang. Among the 28 firms are surveillance and artificial intelligence specialists.
The US is increasing pressure on China over the situation in Xinjiang province. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on visas for Chinese officials to "complement" 28 blacklisted Chinese organizations.
The Chinese governmental agencies and commercial firms were blacklisted in the US over what it says are rights violations in Xinjiang. The US has denied the move is linked to trade talks that are set to resume this week.
European countries backed a United Nations statement criticizing China's treatment of Uighurs and other Muslims. But many more countries were quick to defend Beijing.
Beijing has said there is a "consensus on principles" regarding a deal with the United States. Specifics have yet to emerge, but Donald Trump has been talking up the prospect of progress between the two nations.
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