On Monday, the US Commerce Department published a list of Chinese and Russian companies, claiming the firms have military ties. The list will restrict the sale of US goods and technology to the firms by requiring US exporters to obtain a license.
The list includes 58 Chinese companies and 45 Russian companies. The list is the latest move by the Trump administration that targets Chinese companies. Last week, the US added over 60 Chinese firms to a similar list that also restricts US exports under the guise of national security. Last week’s move included China’s top chipmaker, SMIC.
The Trump administration is enacting a series of hardline policies against Beijing in its final days. Some believe the actions are intended to box in the incoming Biden administration. If Joe Biden reverses the moves, he would appear soft on China.
Also on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced additional visa restrictions on Chinese officials. Pompeo said China’s “authoritarian rulers” should not be allowed in the US. Visa restrictions have become a common weapon of the Trump administration against Beijing. Earlier this month, the administration tightened visa rules for members of China’s Communist Party.