The United States has blacklisted dozens of Chinese tech companies

On November 16, 2021, the Chinese and American flags are flown outside the company’s building in Shanghai, China.

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

Eight China-based technology companies were added to the list for their alleged role in supporting the Chinese military’s quantum computing effort and in its efforts to “acquire US-backed items in support of military applications.”

U.S. officials have long accused Chinese companies of looking at the People’s Republic of China and gathering sensitive information from the People’s Liberation Army. The Chinese Communist Party has previously said it would not engage in industrial espionage.

The Commerce Department also listed 16 organizations and individuals working in China and Pakistan for their work on Islamabad’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. In all, the Biden administration added 27 organizations and individuals from the People’s Republic of China, Pakistan, Russia, Japan and Singapore.

“Global trade and commerce must support peace, prosperity and well-paying employment, not national security risks,” US Commerce Secretary Gina Raymondo said in a statement. “The Commerce Department is committed to using export controls effectively to protect our national security.”

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

The Commerce Department’s entity list imposes trade restrictions on individuals and entities believed to be involved in hostile or unethical activities.

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