Fri. Feb 26th, 2021

The Trump administration on Monday announced trade restrictions on dozens of Chinese and Russian companies, accusing them of having military ties.

The US Commerce Department unveiled its new Military End User List on Monday, naming 58 Chinese and 45 Russian companies in its first tranche of entities the US government has determined represent “an unacceptable risk of use in or diversion to a ‘military end use'” in China, Russia or Venezuela.

The list restricts the companies from buying US goods and technologies through requiring exporters to secure a license to sell them such products, a license that in all probability will be denied.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross described the list as aiding exporters to screen their customers for military end users.

“The department recognizes the importance of leveraging its partnerships with US and global companies to combat efforts by China and Russia to divert US technology for their destabilizing military programs, including by highlighting red flag indicators such as those related to Communist Chinese military companies identified by the Department of Defense,” he said in a statement.

The list is to be published on Tuesday on the Federal Register, giving the public time to respond to the entities named. Ross said the list is non-exhaustive and the administration retains the right to amend it.

Tensions between the Washington and Beijing have been escalating as the Trump administration has pushed back against China’s moves it views as human rights abuses and threats to its national security. SOVEREIGNPH

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