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The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday added a dozen Chinese companies to a trade blacklist, saying some of the companies have backed the modernization of China’s military.

U.S. officials described the move as part of an effort to prevent emerging U.S. technologies from being used for quantum computing efforts that would support China’s military, such as “counter-communications applications.” stealth and anti-submarines “.

The Commerce Department also mentioned concerns about China’s “ability to break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption.” And he said several entities from China and Pakistan were added to the list to contribute to Pakistan’s nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.

Tensions between the United States and China that rose under former President Donald Trump have continued to boil over under President Joe Biden. And despite the recent first virtual summit with President Xi Jinping, and the collaboration the climate crisis i oil reserves, his administration so far has done little to end the pressure on Beijing.
In April, the Biden administration added seven Chinese companies with links to the military on the list that restricts American companies from dealing with companies. At the time, the Commerce Department said these companies were operating in the field of supercomputing and had helped the Chinese government modernize its army or had worked on weapons of mass destruction programs.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday criticized the new sanctions, saying the country “will take all necessary measures to decisively safeguard the rights and legitimate interests of Chinese companies.”

Spokesman Zhao Lijian accused the United States of having “repeatedly generalized national security” and of “abusing state power” to suppress Chinese companies.

In all, 27 foreign entities and individuals were added to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s commercial blacklist. Along with Chinese companies, other targets were based in Pakistan, Japan and Singapore.

“Global trade and commerce should support peace, prosperity and well-paid jobs, not national security risks,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo said in a communiqué.

– CNN’s Beijing office contributed to this report.

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