The U.S. Department of Commerce added five Chinese companies to a blacklist of exports for allegedly aiding the Russian military despite U.S. and Allied efforts to cut off Russia’s access to technology after its invasion of Russia. ‘Ukraine.
Trade officials said the companies had supplied items to worrying Russian entities before the invasion of Russia on Feb. 24 and that they “continue to contract to supply” the sanctioned Russian entities. They did not provide details about the technology involved.
The move, effective Tuesday, is the first time U.S. officials have taken action against Chinese companies for allegedly supporting Russia in the war. It also comes when U.S. and other officials have continued to say that China in general has not tried to help Russia militarily.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. No. 1 priority over China when it comes to the war in Ukraine is that China should not give military support to Russia by supplying ‘equipment. “The second is that they are not systematically undermining or evading U.S. wholesale sanctions,” he said as he traveled to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Madrid.
The five Chinese companies that the U.S. added to a “list of entities” that restricts its access to U.S. technology are: Connec Electronic Ltd., King Pai Technology Co., Sinno Electronics Co., Winninc Electronic and World Jetta (HK) Logistics Ltd.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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