US blacklists dozens of Chinese tech companies

Chinese and American flags fly in front of a corporate building in Shanghai, China on November 16, 2021.

Song of Aly | Reuters

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Wednesday added a dozen Chinese companies to its trade blacklist, citing national security as well as foreign policy concerns.

Eight China-based technology entities have been added to the list for their alleged role in assisting the Chinese military’s quantum computing efforts and in acquiring or attempting to acquire items of American origin at the time. ‘support for military applications’.

U.S. officials have long complained that Chinese companies are beholden to the People’s Republic of China and collect sensitive information on behalf of the People’s Liberation Army. The Chinese Communist Party has previously said it does not engage in industrial espionage.

The Commerce Department also listed 16 entities and individuals operating in China and Pakistan for their work on the Islamabad nuclear and ballistic missile program. In total, the Biden administration added 27 entities and individuals located in the People’s Republic of China, Pakistan, Russia, Japan and Singapore.

“Global trade should support peace, prosperity and well-paying jobs, not national security risks,” US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo wrote in a statement. “The Department of Commerce is committed to effectively using export controls to protect our national security.”

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The Department of Commerce’s Entity List imposes trade restrictions on individuals and entities suspected of engaging in adverse or unethical activities.

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