US blacklist filled with companies working for China military

US blacklist filled with companies working for China military

  • Beijing enlists private sector in cutting-edge weapons development

BEIJING — Three-quarters of companies recently blacklisted by the U.S. over Chinese military activities have dealings with the People’s Liberation Army, Nikkei research shows, a sign of the PLA’s growing reliance on the private sector under President Xi Jinping’s push for “military-civil fusion.”

The U.S. Commerce Department in August added 24 Chinese companies to the so-called entity list for what Washington says is their role in helping Beijing militarize artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Such military ties could prove a barrier to global expansion for Chinese private-sector companies at a time of rising tensions between Beijing and Washington.