8 Chinese companies blacklisted in the US for national security reasons | world news

Tensions between Beijing and Washington continue as the US government reportedly blacklisted several Chinese companies on Wednesday. The US stated that these companies helped develop the Chinese military’s quantum computing efforts, according to Reuters.

As many as eight China-based tech companies were added to the “Entity List” not only for their alleged role in assisting the Chinese military, but also for acquiring or attempting to acquire “items of US origin in support of military applications.” .

In a statement, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the new lists will help prevent the country’s technology from supporting the development of Chinese and Russian “military advances and non-proliferation concern activities,” including the “unprotected nuclear activities.” or Pakistan’s ballistic missile program”. ”

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The Chinese embassy in Washington has “firmly resisted” the blacklist, with spokesman Liu Pengyu saying the US uses the “comprehensive concept of national security” and “misuses” its power to control “Chinese enterprises by any means necessary”. to muzzle and restrain.

He added that the US should “meet China halfway rather than continue down the wrong path,” the Reuters report revealed.

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This development comes at a time when the two countries are at odds over Taiwan’s status and trade issues. In particular, during the recent virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, world leaders discussed trade, among other things.

Meanwhile, the reported eight Chinese companies are not the only ones blacklisted by the US. In total 27 new entities have been added and the list is diverse with additions from Pakistan, Japan and Singapore in addition to China.

Names of Chinese blacklisted companies:

1. Hangzhou Zhongke Microelectronics Co. Ltd

2. New H3C Semiconductor Technologies Co Ltd

3. Xi’an Aerospace Huaxun Technology

4. Hunan Goke Microelectronics

5. Yunchip Microelectronics

6. Hefei National Laboratory for Exact Sciences at Microscale

7. QuantumCTek

8. Shanghai Quantum CTeck Co Ltd

The US Commerce Department told Reuters that the blacklisting move was intended to prevent the Chinese military from developing its counter-stealth technology, including equipment such as advanced radars and even submarine applications such as submarine sensors.

Suppliers of the companies in the US Entity List require a license before they can sell items, and that will likely be denied.

The US is increasingly and consistently using its ‘Entity List’ to blacklist companies in the interests of foreign policy and national security, and it’s started since the administration of former President Donald Trump. In 2019, Chinese telecom company Huawei was added to the list, shutting down vital suppliers, making handset production difficult.

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