The United States has accused Chinese companies of supporting the Russian military.

The United States has accused five Chinese companies of violating sanctions against Russia by continuing to support the Russian military and took action this week to prevent them from buying American technology, the Commerce Department said. .

In response to the invasion of Ukraine in February, US authorities enacted sweeping sanctions and export controls that prohibit the sale of certain high-tech products, including advanced semiconductors, to Russia. and Belarus. Adding Chinese companies to the list of export bans shows how far the Biden administration is willing to go to enforce its sanctions and could heighten tensions with China over its ties to Moscow.

Companies that were added to the list on Tuesday are Connec Electronic, King Pai Technology, Sinno Electronics, Winninc Electronic and World Jetta Logistics. The Commerce Department said these companies continued to provide support for Russia’s military and defense industrial base and that their activities were “contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.”

“The United States and our allies and partners will continue to demonstrate our common resolve on behalf of Ukraine by continuing to deny the Russian military the technologies and items it needs to carry out its atrocities – regardless of source. who attempts to provide them, wherever they are,” Matthew S. Axelrod, assistant secretary of commerce for export enforcement, said in a statement.

The Commerce Department did not specify the precise nature of the violations and did not accuse the Chinese government of violating US sanctions. China is buying Russian oil as the United States and Europe have reduced purchases, but US officials have said that so far they are complying with sanctions imposed since February.

The addition of Chinese companies to the list of export bans follows a warning from Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who said in March that Chinese companies that defy US restrictions against exporting to Russia could essentially be closed. Companies that produce technologies such as microchips made with US equipment and software may be crippled if added to the US “entity list”.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington said Wednesday that China and Russia maintain normal energy and trade cooperation and China will take necessary measures to protect the rights of its companies.

“The unilateral sanctions and so-called ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ imposed by the United States on other countries in accordance with their domestic laws are contrary to international law and basic norms governing international relations,” Shao Hesong said. , a representative of the embassy.

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