The US Department of Commerce has decided to impose export restrictions on six Chinese entities because they are allegedly linked to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ballooning programs. This is stated in a notice posted on Friday in the Federal Register – a collection of official documents of the US government.
“The US government has concluded that the actions of these six organizations are contrary to the interests of the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the document says.
According to the US authorities, these entities are being blacklisted for supporting the Chinese military’s modernization work, especially the PLA’s aerospace programs involving the use of “blimps and balloons.”
As a result of the restrictions being introduced, suppliers will not be able to send American goods to legal entities subject to US Department of Commerce sanctions without first obtaining a special license. At the same time, when considering license applications, a “presumption of refusal” will apply, that is, most likely, such applications will be rejected. Restrictions will come into force on March 13.
Blacklisted include Beijing Nanjiang Aerospace Technology, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation 48th Research Institute, Dongguan Lingkong Remote Sensing Technology, Eagles Men Aviation Science and Technology Group, Guangzhou Tian-Hai-Xiang Aviation Technology and Shanxi Eagles Men Aviation Science and Technology group.
As the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin, Washington is pursuing a policy of economic coercion of other countries and their persecution in the scientific and technical field. He stressed that “the United States has repeatedly abused export controls, used discriminatory and unfair methods against foreign companies, and politicized and militarized technology issues.” According to a Foreign Ministry spokesman, this US approach is causing serious damage to trade and economic exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and American companies, threatening the stability of global production chains.