The United States blacklists dozens of Chinese technology companies

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Chinese and American flags fluttering outside a corporate building in Shanghai, China November 16, 2021.

Aly Song | Reuters

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

Eight technology units based in China were added to the list for their alleged role in assisting the Chinese military’s quantum-recovery efforts and acquiring or attempting to “acquire US-origin objects in support of military applications.”

U.S. officials have long complained that Chinese companies are indebted 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 Ministry of Commerce also listed 16 units and individuals active in China and Pakistan for their work on Islamabad’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. In total, the Biden administration added 27 units and individuals in the People’s Republic of China, Pakistan, Russia, Japan and Singapore.

“Global trade and commerce should support peace, prosperity and well-paid jobs, not national security risks,” US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo wrote in a statement. “The Ministry 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 Ministry of Trade’s unit list imposes trade restrictions on individuals and units that are believed to engage in unfavorable or unethical activity.

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