US Defense Department blacklists 9 more Chinese companies with alleged military links
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US Defense Department blacklists 9 more Chinese companies with alleged military links

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday released a list of nine Chinese companies with alleged links to the Chinese military to be blacklisted under section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999.

The Department said in a press release:

The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Military-Civil Fusion development strategy, which supports the modernization goals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by ensuring its access to advanced technologies and expertise acquired and developed by even those PRC companies, universities, and research programs that appear to be civilian entities.

The nine companies include the popular smartphone and electronics manufacturer Xiaomi Corporation; the Chinese State-owned aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China; Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc., a global semiconductor micro-fabrication equipment company; Grand China Air Company, a Chinese airline company; Luokong Technology Corporation; GOWIN Semiconductor Corporation; Beijing Zhongguancun Development Investment Center; Global Tone Communication Technology and China National Aviation Holding.

DOD released its initial list of Chinese companies with alleged military links to Congress in June 2020 and announced that it would continue to update the list. Since then, in addition to the latest update, the list has been updated in August and December.