Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, China on April 14, 2021.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China's Ministry of Commerce on Sunday criticized the addition by the U.S. Department of Commerce of 23 Chinese entities to an economic blacklist over alleged human rights abuses.

In a statement, the Chinese ministry said the inclusion of the Chinese entities was a "serious breach of international economic and trade rules" and an "unreasonable suppression" of Chinese companies.

China "will take necessary measures to safeguard China's legitimate rights and interests," the statement said.

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