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US Expands Export Control List, Adding 31 Chinese Companies for National Security Concerns

The Biden administration has taken decisive action, adding 43 entities to the export control list, with 31 of them being Chinese companies. These additions are aimed at countering threats to US national security posed by activities such as training Chinese military pilots and supporting Beijing’s military modernization efforts.

In a statement, Matthew Axelrod, the US Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, emphasized the importance of preventing China from accessing US technology and knowledge that could contribute to its military advancements.

Entities on the export control list include branches of Frontier Services Group in China, Kenya, Laos, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA) with units in South Africa, China, UAE, and the UK. Additionally, entities associated with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in China and South Africa were included.

According to the US Department of Commerce, these companies have been involved in training Chinese military personnel using Western pilots, as well as procuring US-origin goods to support China’s military modernization, including the development of hypersonic weapons and flight models.

Among the 31 Chinese entities added to the list, Shanghai Supercomputing Technology was singled out for providing cloud-based supercomputing capabilities for hypersonic research. Furthermore, nine Chinese and Pakistani companies were listed for their involvement in Pakistan’s ballistic missile program and other weapons-related activities. Additionally, Beijing Ruiyuan Wende and Xinjiang Kehua Hechang Biotechnology Co., both Chinese companies, faced blacklisting for their complicity in human rights abuses, particularly in Xinjiang where Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been suppressed.

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