US adds more companies ‘supporting Chinese military’ to trade blacklist

The US adds more companies that support the Chinese military to the trade blacklist - Photo 1.

Several Chinese companies are accused of supporting efforts to develop quantum computer applications for the Chinese military – Photo: BLOOMBERG

On November 24, the US Department of Commerce put 12 Chinese companies on a trade blacklist (also known as the Entity List) because of concerns about national security and foreign policy. Reuters.

Of these, eight China-based technology entities have been added to the blacklist, accused of supporting efforts to develop quantum computer applications for the Chinese military and acquiring or finding way of “buying US-origin items to support military applications”.

Several names, such as Hangzhou Zhongke Microelectronics, Hunan Goke Microelectronics, New H3C Semiconductor Technologies, Xi’an Aerospace Huaxun Technology and Yunchip Microelectronics, have been placed on the US Department of Commerce’s entity list for “supporting military modernization”. China”.

The US Department of Commerce also added a number of entities and individuals operating in China and Pakistan to the blacklist for supporting Pakistan’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. In total, the administration of President Joe Biden has added 27 new organizations and individuals in China, Pakistan, Russia, Japan and Singapore to the trade blacklist, according to CNBC.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List will impose trade restrictions on individuals and entities believed to engage in activity that is detrimental to the United States or unethical. Businesses that supply goods to the companies on this list need to apply for a permit before selling.

The latest US move against Chinese companies comes amid growing tensions between the US and China on many fronts, from trade and technology to Taiwan.

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the new list would help prevent US technology from being used to support the Chinese and Russian militaries as well as Pakistan’s nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.

US officials have long accused Chinese companies of collecting sensitive information on behalf of the Chinese military. Beijing has previously stated it does not engage in industrial espionage. The Chinese Embassy in Washington has not yet commented on the latest US move.

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