Pompeo believes China wants to surpass US in nuclear trafficking

US secretary of state says China’s Communist Party’s activities are “detrimental to US interests”

Pompeo believes China wants to surpass US in nuclear trafficking

The United States believes China intends to surpass its and other countries’ capabilities in trafficking nuclear and radioactive materials. That’s how U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo justified the imposition of unilateral restrictions on a number of companies from China and other countries on Friday.

The Commerce Department said the activities of the Chinese Communist Party “harm US interests and undermine the sovereignty of US allies and partners”.

“The Commerce Department lists 59 Chinese organisations on its export control list,” he added. In addition, the secretary of state continued, four organisations are under restriction for contributing to “human rights abuses in China by providing DNA testing materials or high-tech surveillance equipment”.

At the same time, 19 entities are added for “coordinating and committing more than a dozen cases of stealing US trade secrets to develop China’s military-industrial complex, undermining US efforts to counter illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials”. “The ultimate goal is to surpass the capabilities of other countries they see as competitors, especially the US,” Pompeo believes.

According to the secretary of state, the Department of Commerce is also imposing restrictions against 25 shipbuilding and research institutes affiliated with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation. “[Six more] organisations are implementing research, development and production support for the Chinese Navy”, –  Pompeo said in a statement.

The US Department of Commerce blacklisted 77 organisations from China and several other countries on Friday over alleged “serious human rights abuses” by Beijing and China’s expanding activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. China’s Foreign Ministry earlier called on the US to stop pressuring Chinese companies, as well as to stop politicising trade issues and violating fair competition rules.

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