The US government has imposed trade sanctions against more than fifty Chinese entities allegedly involved in human rights abuses, the theft of trade secrets in the US and PRC expansion in the region
The announcement was made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“The US is imposing new restrictions against certain actors that undermine our national security and foreign policy interests. In particular, the US Department of Commerce has added 59 entities from the PRC to its Export Control List”, – the State Department chief said.
In particular, four entities from China were blacklisted for “providing DNA test materials and high-tech equipment to the PRC government, which was a manifestation of significant human rights violations in China.” Another 19 subjects were on the sanctions list for “involvement in the theft of trade secrets of US corporations”. As Pompeo stressed, this undermined, among other things, US efforts to counter the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.
Separate restrictions were imposed against 36 entities for their activities related to “China’s expansion in the South China Sea, including shipbuilding research institutes, Chinese Navy production support facilities, and communications companies.”
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“The Communist Party of China’s malicious activities at home and abroad are damaging to US interests and undermining the sovereignty of our allies and partners. The US will apply all available countermeasures, including actions to prevent Chinese companies and institutions from exploiting US goods and technology for malicious purposes,” said the US Secretary of State in this regard.