U.S. Defense Department accuses 20 Chinese companies of links to Chinese military
by Aggregator June 25, 2020, 12:45 am 100 Views The Defense Department made its list of Chinese companies that operate in the US and have been linked to the Chinese military public this week. The list was published by Axios and other media outlets on Wednesday. It was required as part of the 1999 National Defense Authorization Act but was not previously assembled, according to Axios. The act called on the department to determine and publish “Communist Chinese military companies operating in the United States,” or any other commercial entity that is “owned or controlled by the People’s Liberation Army.” The act states that the president has the authority to impose sanctions against any of the companies listed, which include telecommunications giant Huawei, China Railway Construction Corporation, China Telecommunications Corporation, and Hikvision, which was blacklisted by the US in October 2019 for building surveillance tools that aided in the oppression of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Huawei has long sparred with the US over allegations that its technology poses a security risk and could act as a backdoor for the Chinese government to spy. US prosecutors have also accused the company of violating sanctions against Iran and stealing trade secrets from US carriers.