The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s prime chipmaker, SMIC, and oil large CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese army corporations, a transfer more likely to escalate tensions with Beijing earlier than President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace.
The Department of Defense designated a complete of 4 extra corporations as owned or managed by the Chinese army, additionally together with China Construction Technology and China International Engineering Consulting.
The transfer, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the entire variety of corporations blacklisted to 35. While the listing didn’t initially set off any penalties, a current government order issued by Republican President Donald Trump will forestall US traders from shopping for securities of the blacklisted companies beginning late subsequent yr.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington referred Reuters to prior remarks made by its Foreign Ministry spokesperson that “China firmly opposes the politicisation of the relevant Chinese companies.”
China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) didn’t reply instantly to a request for remark.
SMIC mentioned in a inventory market assertion that it was assessing the affect of its addition to the listing and mentioned traders ought to pay attention to the funding dangers. SMIC shares declined by over 2 p.c on Friday earlier than buying and selling within the firm’s Hong Kong shares was suspended, whereas CNOOC slipped 0.7 p.c in early morning commerce.
Shares of CNOOC’s listed unit CNOOC had fallen by practically 14 p.c following the Sunday report.
SMIC, which depends closely on gear from US suppliers, was already in Washington’s crosshairs. In September, the US Commerce Department knowledgeable some companies they wanted to acquire a license earlier than supplying items and providers to SMIC after concluding there was an “unacceptable risk” that gear equipped to it might be used for army functions.
The expanded blacklist is seen as a part of a bid to cement Trump’s tough-on-China legacy and to field Biden, the Democratic president-elect who takes workplace on January 20, into hardline positions on Beijing amid bipartisan anti-China sentiment in Congress.
The measure can be a part of a broader effort by Washington to focus on what it sees as Beijing’s efforts to enlist companies to harness rising civilian applied sciences for army functions.
The listing of “Communist Chinese Military Companies” was mandated by a 1999 legislation requiring the Pentagon to compile a catalog of corporations “owned or controlled” by the People’s Liberation Army, however the DOD solely complied it in 2020. Giants like Hikvision, China Telecom and China Mobile have been added earlier this yr.
In November, the White House revealed an government order, first reported by Reuters, that sought to present enamel to the listing by prohibiting US traders from shopping for securities of the blacklisted corporations from November 2021.
Top US asset managers Vanguard Group and BlackRock every personal about 1 p.c of shares of CNOOC’s listed unit CNOOC, and collectively personal roughly four p.c of excellent shares of SMIC, disclosures present.
Congress and the Trump administration have sought more and more to curb the US market entry of Chinese corporations that don’t adjust to guidelines confronted by American rivals, even when meaning antagonising Wall Street.
On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives handed a legislation to kick Chinese corporations off US inventory exchanges if they don’t absolutely adjust to the nation’s auditing guidelines, giving Trump yet another software to threaten Beijing with earlier than leaving workplace.
© Thomson Reuters 2020
iPhone 12 Pro Series Is Amazing, however Why Is It So Expensive in India? We mentioned this on Orbital, our weekly know-how podcast, which you’ll subscribe to through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or simply hit the play button beneath.