US blacklists Chinese tech firms more often, citing national security

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Due to national security concerns, the US government added 12 more Chinese firms to its blacklist.

Washington states that some firms have helped to create the Chinese army’s quantum computing programme.

The latest action comes amid growing tensions between China and the US over Taiwan’s status and other issues.

At a virtual summit held earlier in the month between leaders from both countries, trade was one of the topics discussed.

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For their role in helping the Chinese military in quantum computing and for acquiring/attempting to acquire US origin-items supporting military applications, eight Chinese technology companies were included in the “Entity” List.

Since Trump’s last administration, the entity list has been increasingly used for national security purposes.

According to the US Commerce Department, 16 entities and individuals operating in China were also added to this list for their participation in Pakistan’s “unsafeguarded nuclear activities” or missile program.

The list now includes 27 entities from China, Japan and Pakistan.

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology was also added to the military end users list. However, it did not provide any further details beyond the fact that the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology had manufactured military equipment.

These new listings will prevent American technology supporting development of Russian and Chinese military advancements and other activities of non proliferation concern, like Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program or unsafeguarded nukes,” Gina Raimondo, Commerce Secretary, stated in a statement.

Potential suppliers for firms listed on the Blacklist will need to apply to license before selling to them. Most likely, these applications will be turned down.

Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, was placed on the US National Security List in 2019.

It was cut off from key suppliers, making it more difficult to make mobile phones.

The Chinese government denies that it participates in industrial espionage.

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Source: BBC.com

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