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The United States adds a dozen Chinese firms to its trade blacklist

The Biden administration is increasing pressure on Chinese companies that it believes are a threat to national security in the United States of America.

The Commerce Department of the United States added a dozen Chinese companies to a trade blacklist on Wednesday, claiming that some of the companies have assisted in the modernization of China's army.

Several US officials described the move as part of a campaign to keep emerging US technologies out of quantum computing projects that would benefit China's military, such as "counter-stealth and anti-submarine applications."

According to the Commerce Department, there are concerns about China's "ability to break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption" among other things. Also stated in the document was that several Chinese and Pakistani entities had been added to the list because of their alleged involvement in Pakistan's nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.

Despite a spike in tensions between the United States and China under former President Donald Trump, tensions have remained simmering under Vice President Joe Biden's watch. His administration has done little to ease the pressure on Beijing so far, despite a recent first virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as cooperation on the climate crisis and oil reserves.

According to the Biden administration, seven Chinese businesses with military ties were added to a list that prohibits US companies from doing business with them in April of this year. As stated at the time, those companies worked in supercomputing and aided the Chinese government in modernizing its military and developing weapons of mass destruction programs, according to the Commerce Department.

Earlier this week, China's Foreign Ministry condemned the new sanctions, stating that the country "will take all necessary steps to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies."

According to Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese government, the United States has "repeatedly generalized national security" and "abused state power" in order to suppress Chinese enterprises.

The Commerce Department of the United States of America has added 27 foreign entities and individuals to its trade blacklist. Pakistan, Japan, and Singapore were among the countries targeted in addition to the Chinese companies.

"Global trade and commerce should promote peace, prosperity, and well-paying jobs, rather than posing a threat to national security," said Gina M. Raimondo, the United States Commerce Secretary.

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