The United States placed economic sanctions on six companies on Friday over China’s flagrant disregard for U.S. sovereignty when it flew a spy balloon over the continental United States. According to One American News, the sanctions would make it more difficult for all six companies to obtain U.S. tech exports.
U.S. sanctions six Chinese tech companies for supporting spy balloon programs https://t.co/XeaoTFfzg7
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The impacted companies include Dongguan Lingkong Remote Sensing Technology Co., Guangzhou Tian-Hai-Xiang Aviation Technology Co., Shanxi Eagles Men Aviation Science and Technology Group Co., Beijing Nanjing Aerospace Technology Co., Eagles Men Aviation Science and Technology Group Co. and the 48th research institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation.
The U.S. Commerce Department on Friday announced sanctions against six Chinese aerospace companies in connection with the Chinese spy balloon that U.S. military officials shot down last weekend after it traversed U.S. airspace. https://t.co/cfPZSM6GJb
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The six companies were targeted for their connection to China’s aerospace programs, according to U.S. officials. It remains unclear if any of the companies played any role in the Chinese spy balloon incident.
The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security added that the companies supported the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) military modernization effort, especially in the aerospace programs. The programs include airships, balloons, and other related materials used by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — the Chinese army — for intelligence gatherings and reconnaissance.
“The PRC’s use of high-altitude balloons violates our sovereignty and threatens U.S. national security,” said Alan Estevez, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. “Today’s action makes clear that entities that seek to harm U.S. national security and sovereignty will be cut off from accessing U.S. technologies.”
Estevez added that the action made it clear that entities who seek to harm U.S. national security and sovereignty will be cut off from accessing its technology.