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U.S. adds Chinese companies to blacklist

- — Reuters

The U.S. Commerce Department put a number of Chinese companies on its trade blacklist on Wednesday for national security and foreign policy concerns, citing in some cases their help developing the Chinese military’s quantum computing efforts.

The department also said several entities and individual­s from China and Pakistan were added to the Commerce Department’s entity list for contributi­ng to Pakistan’s nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.

The latest U.S. action on Chinese companies comes amid growing tensions between Beijing and Washington over the status of Taiwan and trade issues.

In total, 27 new entities were added to the list from China, Japan, Pakistan and Singapore.

China’s embassy in Washington did not immediatel­y respond to a request for comment.

The Commerce Department said Hangzhou Zhongke Microelect­ronics, Hunan Goke Microelect­ronics, New H3C Semiconduc­tor Technologi­es, Xi’an Aerospace Huaxun Technology and Yunchip Microelect­ronics were placed on the Commerce Department’s entity list for their “support of the military modernizat­ion of the People’s Liberation Army.”

It also added Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, Quantumcte­k and Shanghai Quantumcte­ck to the list for “acquiring and attempting to acquire U.s.-origin items in support of military applicatio­ns.”

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