A dozen more Chinese businesses have been added to the US government’s restricted trade list, citing national security and foreign policy concerns.
According to Washington, some of the companies are assisting in the development of the Chinese military’s quantum computing program.
This latest action comes as tensions between the US and China over Taiwan’s status and other problems continue to rise.
At a virtual summit between the presidents of both nations earlier this month, trade was one of the topics covered.
For their suspected participation in supporting the Chinese military’s quantum computing activities and obtaining or seeking “to acquire US origin-items in support of military purposes,” eight Chinese-based technology enterprises were added to the so-called “Entity List.”
Since the previous Trump administration, this entity list has been increasingly used for national security purposes.
The US Commerce Department added 16 persons and businesses operating in China and Pakistan to the list because of their involvement in “Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear operations or ballistic missile program,” according to the US Commerce Department.
A total of 27 new organizations from China, Japan, Pakistan, and Singapore have been added to the list.
Separately, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology was added to the department’s military end user list, despite the fact that the listing provided no more information other than the fact that it had manufactured military equipment.
According to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the new listings would help prevent American technology from being used to promote Chinese and Russian “military advances and non-proliferation concern operations like Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.”
Before they may sell to the companies on the list, potential suppliers must apply for a license, which is likely to be refused.
In 2019, Huawei, a Chinese telecoms company, was added to the list after concerns that it represented a threat to US national security.
It was cut off from some of its main suppliers, making it impossible for it to create mobile phones as a result of the shift.
Previously, the Chinese government denied that it engages in industrial espionage.