The US commerce department has added seven Chinese firms to its export control list after accusing them of “weaponising imported technology for military purposes”.
All seven are state-owned aerospace and technology corporations and research institutes.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), part of the commerce department, said in a statement: “These seven entities have been added to the entity list for activities contrary to US national security and foreign policy interests, specifically for acquiring and attempting to acquire US-origin items in support of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) military modernisation efforts.
“With this action, the commerce department will have approximately 600 Chinese entities on the entity list – more than 110 of which have been added since the start of the Biden Administration.”
The US has accused China of seeking to become the most technologically advanced military in the world, “not just through its own research and development efforts”, but also by intellectual theft of the world’s cutting-edge technologies.
“US technologies that support space and aerospace activities should not be used to support the PRC’s military modernisation,” under-secretary of commerce for industry and security Alan Estevez said in the statement.
The seven entities added to the list — preventing them from receiving US exports — are:
- China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation 9th Academy 771 Research Institute
- China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation 9th Academy 772 Research Institute
- China Academy of Space Technology 502 Research Institute
- China Academy of Space Technology 513 Research Institute
- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation 43 Research Institute
- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation 58 Research Institute and
- Zhuhai Orbita Control Systems.
In April, the commerce department had blacklisted seven Chinese supercomputing companies, saying they had played a role in “building supercomputers used by China’s military actors, its destabilising military modernisation efforts, and/or weapons of mass destruction programmes”.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen has told the governor of the US state of Indiana that her country wants to provide a reliable supply of semiconductors, or “democracy chips” to partners.
Governor Eric Holcomb’s visit is the third trip to Taiwan this month by a US delegation – with each one proving to agitate China.
“At this moment, democratic allies must stand together and boost cooperation across all areas,” said Ing-wen.
Taiwan is home to the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC).