Five Chinese companies, research institute blacklisted by US for spy balloon program

As part of its retaliation against China for a spy balloon that allegedly flew over U.S. airspace last week, the U.S. Blacklisted 6 Chinese companies It says it was related to Beijing’s aerospace program.

The economic restrictions, announced on Friday, make it easier for five companies and one research institute to win U.S. technology exports, in line with the Biden administration’s pledge to consider broader efforts to deal with China’s surveillance activities. make it difficult

The move is likely to further escalate the diplomatic confrontation between the United States and China sparked by the balloon that was shot down off the coast of Carolina last weekend. The Chinese government claims that it was a weather probe that flew off course.

The incident prompted Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Abruptly cancel a trip to Beijing The purpose is to relieve tension.

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security said six entities were targeted for “supporting China’s military modernization efforts, particularly its aerospace programs, including the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) airships and balloons.” rice field.

“The People’s Liberation Army uses high altitude balloons (HABs) for intelligence and reconnaissance,” he said.

Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves said on Twitter that the department “will not hesitate to continue to use” such restrictions and other regulatory and enforcement tools “to protect the national security and sovereignty of the United States.”

The six entities are Beijing Nanjiang Aerospace Technology Co., Ltd., China Electronic Technology Group Corporation No. 48 Research Institute, Dongguan Lingkuo Remote Sensing Technology Co., Ltd., Eagles Men Aviation Science and Technology Group Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Tianhaixiang Aviation Technology Co., Ltd., and Shanxi Eagles Men Aviation Technology Group Co., Ltd.

The research institute did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Five other entities could not be reached.

U.S. fighter jets on Friday shoot down an unknown object It took off from Alaska’s remote north coast on orders from President Joe Biden. The object was shot down not because of the perception that it was engaged in surveillance, but because it reportedly posed a threat to civilian flight safety.

But these two back-to-back incidents reflect growing concerns about China’s surveillance program and public pressure for Mr. Biden to take a tough stance against it. Five Chinese companies, research institute blacklisted by US for spy balloon program

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