China: US Using ‘National Security’ as An Excuse to Target Chinese Companies

Pentagon blacklists more Chinese companies as controlled by military

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday complaining that the US is abusing “national security” as an excuse to target certain Chinese companies. The statement came after the Pentagon added 11 new Chinese companies to its blacklist of companies run by the Chinese military.

This has been a recurring move by the Pentagon. Because of China’s Communist legal structure around corporations, virtually any company there could be argued to be theoretically under the control of the Chinese military, even if they are, in practice, privately owned operations.

This makes it easy for the Pentagon to single out Chinese companies to target, and with the Trump Administration engaged in on-again, off-again trade wars there are a lot of times where a legal pretext comes in very handy for them.

China’s Foreign Ministry said that these actions won’t benefit the US in the long term, and that the companies in question are committed to market principles.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.