The u.s. department of Defense has determined that 20 of the largest chinese companies, including Huawei, belong to the chinese army, or are supported by it.
The list, seen by the american mainstream media, includes the firm’s cctv, Hikvision, China Telecom, China Mobile and AVIC.
This determination could be the basis of new financial sanctions by the united states against the companies.
This comes at a time when the United States exerted pressure on other countries, including the United Kingdom, to prohibit Huawei for reasons of national security.
The White House and Huawei have been approached by the BBC for comment.
Under u.s. law, the ministry of Defence is obliged to follow the companies “owned or controlled” by the people’s liberation Army of China, which are active in the United States.
The Pentagon has been under pressure in recent months on the part of legislators of the parties, democrats and republicans, to publish and update the list.
Policy review requested by senators
In November, u.s. senators Tom Cotton and Chuck Schumer have written a letter to Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, requesting an update on the review of the u.s. policy that are prescribed by the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019.
In the letter, the senators highlighted their concerns regarding the danger of the export of american technologies are essential to companies with links to China.
They have also questioned why the commerce Department had been slow to complete reviews of the export controls prescribed by the two laws.
The senators have stressed that examinations should be conducted to assess if the communist Party of china had stolen american technology with military applications, as well as if he had enlisted chinese companies to exploit the technologies for civilian and emerging military purposes.
“What is the status of this review and the implementation of the results? This review will determine-t-he specific sectors of the u.s. economy that the Chinese target for the efforts of espionage and forced transfer of technology? Are you going to change the scope of controls for the end-uses and military end users in China? Are you going to make public the results of this review? “write MESSRS. Cotton and Schumer.
“We encourage you to make these examinations compulsory as quickly and completely as possible. Thank you for your time and for your attention to this important matter of national security. ”
The White House has already taken several measures against Huawei and other chinese companies, including a ban on u.s. companies to sell certain technologies without authorization. The administration has also stated that its trade war with China, which has resulted in billions of dollars of customs duties, was a response to the theft of trade secrets american.
But some have been called to Washington to act more aggressively.
Huawei has contested the allegations of the United States against her as “unfounded allegations “.