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US blacklists a dozen more Chinese tech firms citing national security


The US government has added a dozen more Chinese companies to its trade blacklist, citing national security and foreign policy concerns.

According to Washington, some of the companies are assisting the Chinese military’s quantum computing programme.

This latest move comes as tensions between the United States and China rise over Taiwan’s status and other issues.

Trade was one of the topics covered during a virtual summit between the leaders of both countries earlier this month.

Eight Chinese-based technology firms were added to the “Entity List” for allegedly assisting the Chinese military’s quantum computing efforts and acquiring or attempting to acquire “US origin-items in support of military applications.”

Since the previous Trump administration, this entity list has been increasingly used for national security purposes.

The US Commerce Department also stated that 16 individuals and entities operating in China and Pakistan have been added to the list as a result of their involvement in “Pakistan’s unprotected nuclear activities or ballistic missile programme.”

A total of 27 new entities from China, Japan, Pakistan, and Singapore were added to the list.

Separately, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology was added to the department’s list of military end users, though the listing provided no additional information other than the fact that it had produced military equipment.

The new listings will help prevent American technology from being used to support Chinese and Russian “military advancement and non-proliferation concerns, such as Pakistan’s unguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile programme,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement.

Potential suppliers to blacklisted companies must now apply for a licence before they can sell to them, and applications are likely to be denied.

Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, was added to the list in 2019 following allegations that it posed a threat to US national security.

It was cut off from some of its key suppliers as a result of the move, making it difficult for the company to produce mobile phones.

Previously, the Chinese government denied involvement in industrial espionage.

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