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Washington could add another Chinese company to the Commerce Department’s Entity List.
China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian Monday denounced that the United States is persecuting his country's companies after the Department of Defense threatened Beijing’s largest chip manufacturer with cutting off their goods and services supplies.
On Saturday, the Department of Defense said that it would add Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) to its "Entity List."
This means that SMIC would be unable to obtain U.S.-made parts given that Washington might block national tech firms from providing it supplies.
“China has made a solemn stand on the U.S.′ unprovoked suppression on Chinese companies,” Zhao said.
The Entity List is over 270-pages long and contains a list of certain foreign persons, institutions, and governments that are subject to license requirements to make commercial operations with the U.S. over certain items.