US Blacklists More Chinese Companies Including Xiaomi

The US Government has blacklisted nine more Chinese companies including smartphone maker Xiaomi, China’s third-largest national oil company, CNOOC, and state owned plane manufacturer Comac. The US alleges these companies to have ties with Chinese military.

Xiaomi passed Apple as the world’s third largest smartphone maker by sales in the third quarter of 2020. Xiaomi’s market share has grown last year after Huawei was blacklisted by the US and its smartphones were barred from having Google services.

Commerce Department also put CNOOC on the list. The decision forbids US firms from exporting or transferring technology with the companies named. In December last year, 60 Chinese companies were added to the blacklist.

CNOOC has been conducting offshore drilling activities in South China Sea, where Beijing has territorial conflict with other Southeast Asian states.

Chinese state-owned company Skyrizon, another one on the blacklist, “acquires and indigenizes foreign military technologies.” according to US Commerce Department. The aviation company drew criticism from the US for its attempt to acquire an Ukrainian military engine maker back in 2017. US Government feared that Skyrizon would use aerospace technology for military purposes.

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