- US investors will have to divest their stakes in Chinese companies on the military list by November this year, according to an executive order signed by Trump last November
- The move comes after about 60 Chinese
- companies were added to the list in Dec, including drone maker DJI and semiconductor firm SMIC
THE US Government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office. The Department of Defence added nine companies to its list of Chinese firms with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. Of China (Comac).
US investors will have to divest their stakes in Chinese companies on the military list by November this year, according to an executive order signed by Trump last November. Xiaomi did not immediately respond to a request for
comment. Separately, the Commerce Department put China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) on the entity list, an economic blacklist that forbids US firms from exporting or transferring technology with the companies named unless permission has been obtained from the US Government. The move comes after about 60 Chinese companies were added to the list in December, including drone maker DJI and semiconductor firm SMIC.
CNOOC has been involved in offshore drilling in the disputed waters South China Sea, where Beijing has overlapping territorial claims with other countries including Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan, and Malaysia. “China’s reckless and belligerent actions in the South China Sea and its aggressive push to acquire sensitive intellectual property and technology for its militarisation efforts are a threat to US national security and the security of the international community,” US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
A CNOOC spokesperson said in a statement that it will “continue to monitor the progress,” acknowledging that the company had been put on the entity list. Chinese state-owned company Skyrizon was also added to the economic blacklist, for its push to “acquire and indigenise foreign military technologies,” Ross said. Beijing Skyrizon Aviation, founded by tycoon Wang Jing, drew US criticism for an attempt to take over Ukraines military aircraft engine maker Motor Sich in 2017.
The concern was that advanced aerospace technology would end up being used for military purposes. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian criticised the move as suppressing Chinese companies, and said the Trump administration was “generalising the concept of national security and abusing state power for no apparent reason.”
“China will take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, and resolutely support Chinese enterprises in safeguarding their own rights and interests in accordance with the law,” Zhao said at a daily briefing Friday.