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US at it again, adds 12 Chinese firms on blacklist

CHINA yesterday criticized the United States for putting a dozen Chinese companies on its trade blacklist over national security and foreign policy concerns, citing in some cases their help developing the Chinese military’s quantum computing efforts.

The US commerce department also said several entities and individuals from China and Pakistan were added to the Commerce Department’s Entity List for contributing to Pakistan’s nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.

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

China strongly opposes the sanctions on the Chinese companies, and will lodge solemn representations with the United States, Shu Jueting, a spokesperson for the Chinese commerce ministry, said at a news conference yesterday.

US commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement on Wednesday that the new listings will help prevent US technology from supporting the development of Chinese and Russian “military advancement and activities of non-proliferation concern like Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.”

China’s embassy in Washington charged that the United States “uses the catch-all concept of national security and abuses state power to suppress and restrict Chinese enterprises in all possible means.

“China is firmly opposed to that,” embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu said.

He said the United States should “follow the spirit” of a virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden last week and “meet China halfway instead of going further down the wrong path.”

China will take all the necessary steps to defend its companies, and reserves the right to take countermeasures against the sanctions, warned Zhao Lijian, a spokesman at the Chinese foreign ministry, yesterday.

The US Commerce Department said Hangzhou Zhongke Microelectronics, Hunan Goke Microelectronics, New H3C Semiconductor Technologies, Xi’an Aerospace Huaxun Technology and Yunchip Microelectronics were placed on the entity list for their “support of the military modernization of the People’s Liberation Army.”

It also added Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, QuantumCTek and Shanghai QuantumCTeck to the list for “acquiring and attempting to acquire US-origin items in support of military applications.”

The eight Chinese firms were listed to prevent US technology from being used to help China develop quantum computing applications for its military. The action also blocks US material from being used to help China break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption, the Commerce Department said.


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