US hits 24 firms that helped build military bases in South China Sea.

THE US Commerce Department adds 24 Chinese companies to the entity list that helped build military bases in the South China Sea, reports the American Journal of Transportation

02 September 2020 - 05:06
THE US Commerce Department adds 24 Chinese companies to the entity list that helped build military bases in the South China Sea, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce added the Chinese companies to help the Chinese military construct and militarisation of the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Protests have come from the United States and other countries, but the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been swiftly adding facilities to the artificial islands since 2013.

'The United States, China's neighbours, and the international community have rebuked the China's sovereignty claims to the South China Sea and have condemned the building of artificial islands for the Chinese military,' said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

'The entities designated today have played a significant role in China's provocative construction of these artificial islands and must be held accountable.' said Mr Ross.

China has constructed more than 3,000 acres across seven features in the South China Sea, since 2013. These features include air defence and anti-ship missile features.

Construction of certain outposts breaks the sovereign rights of the Republic of the Philippines, which was ruled by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in its July 2016 award in a case brought by the Philippines against China.

The Entity List is defined as a tool utilised by BIS to restrain the export, re-export, and transfer of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to persons reasonably believed to be involved, or to pose a significant risk of becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

Extra permit needs apply to sends out, re-fares, and moves of products subject to the EAR to recorded substances, and the accessibility of most permit special cases is restricted. These organications were set on the Entity List for empowering the People's Republic of China to recover and mobilise questioned stations in the South China Sea.

New companies on the US Entities List are China Communications Construction Company Dredging Group, China Communications Construction Company Tianjin Waterway Bureau, China Communications Construction Company Shanghai Waterway Bureau, China Communications, Construction Company Guangzhou Waterway Bureau China Communications Construction Company Second Navigation Engineering Bureau, Beijing Huanjia Telecommunication Co, Changzhou Guoguang Data Communications, China Electronics Technology Group, 7th Research Institute (CETC-7), Guangzhou Hongyu Technology, Guangzhou Tongguang Communication Technology, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, 30th Research Institute (CETC-30), China Shipbuilding Group, 722nd Research Institute, Chongxin Bada Technology Development, Guangzhou Guangyou Communications Equipment, Guangzhou Haige Communication Group, Guilin Changhai Development Co, Hubei Guangxing Communications Technology Co, Shaanxi Changling Electronic Technology C,. Shanghai Cable Offshore Engineering,Telixin Electronics Technology, Tianjin Broadcasting Equipment, Tianjin 764 Avionics Technology, Tianjin 764 Communication and Navigation Technology and Wuhan Mailite Communication.

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