U.S. Targets 42 Chinese Firms Over Ties to Russia’s Military: Trade curbs in place for aiding Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.
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Washington – US Takes Action Against 42 Chinese Entities: To counteract support for Russia’s military activities, the U.S. Commerce Department announced on Friday the addition of 42 Chinese companies to its government export control list.
These companies are believed to be supporting Moscow’s defense and military base significantly, notably through the supply of U.S.-origin integrated circuits.
Support to Russia’s Military Operations in Ukraine
The supplied circuits from these entities play a pivotal role in Russia’s military apparatus.
Specifically, they are an integral component in the microelectronics that enable precision guidance systems in missiles and drones.
Notably, these systems have been deployed against civilian targets in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The Commerce Department did not mince words regarding the consequences of aiding Russia.
“Today’s additions to the Entity List provide a clear message: if you supply the Russian defense sector with U.S.-origin technology, we will find out, and we will take action,” declared Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Matthew Axelrod.
International Entities on the Watchlist
Alongside the Chinese companies, the U.S. also flagged entities from several other countries.
Seven entities, hailing from Finland, Germany, India, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, have been added to the trade export control list.
China Responds Strongly to U.S. Action
China swiftly condemned the U.S. move, categorizing it as “economic coercion and unilateral bullying.” In a robust response, China’s Ministry of Commerce stated, “The United States should immediately correct its wrong practices and stop its unreasonable suppression of Chinese companies.”
Tensions Rise in Ukraine
It has been a tense 20 months since Russia invaded Ukraine.
The conflict saw one of its most deadly incidents recently when a Russian missile strike decimated a village in northeastern Ukraine, resulting in the tragic death of at least 52 individuals.
Understanding the U.S. Entity List
The U.S. Entity List is critical in Washington’s foreign policy and security toolkit.
Companies are included in this list when they are perceived to pose a threat to U.S. national security or its foreign policy interests.
For suppliers to conduct business with entities on this list, they must acquire special licenses, which are typically challenging.