The U.S. Commerce Department on March 2 announced export restrictions for a string of Chinese entities.
The United States added 28 Chinese firms and individuals to its Entity List, citing concerns regarding national security risks, including through their alleged dealings or attempted dealings with an Iranian electronics company, Paradazan System Namad Arman (PASNA), which has been sanctioned by the United States for its alleged ties to Tehran’s military.
“These actions include acquiring or attempting to acquire U.S.-origin items in support of programs for the People’s Liberation Army and providing goods and services to customers on the BIS Entity List, leading to the possibility for diversion,” the department said.
In response, foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning called on Washington to “stop abusing various excuses to unreasonably suppress Chinese enterprises.”
Mao said Beijing would “firmly safeguard the legitimate rights” of its companies but didn’t elaborate further on what actions Beijing might take.
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