On the evening of November 16, the U.S. government announced that it would remove the Identification Center of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security from the “Entity List,” lifting the sanctions imposed on it, effective November 16, 2023.
In May 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce added the Chinese Ministry of Public Security Identification Center to the “Entity List.” According to a statement previously released by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, the center is a forensic science institution. It assumes responsibilities such as crime scene investigation, forensic identification, and scientific research for major cases in China, providing a scientific basis for determining criminal facts and court trials. Over the years, it has played an important role in combating crime and upholding social fairness and justice and has gained widespread recognition among international counterparts. At the same time, the center is also an important institution responsible for the detection and control of fentanyl-related substances.
Some analysts believe this is a positive sign for China-U.S. relations.