The Trump administration is planning to designate 89 Chinese and 28 Russian entities as “military end-users,” restricting American companies from doing business with them, Reuters reported citing a draft document.
If the list is published, US suppliers will have to obtain special licenses from the US government to export various items to those firms. This reportedly applies to everything from computer software like word processing, to scientific equipment like digital oscilloscopes, and aircraft parts and components.
While obtaining such a license is possible in theory, the rule, drafted by the US Commerce Department, says that applications for dealing with the firms labeled as “military end-users” are more likely to be denied. The designation was previously expanded and now even companies primarily focused on civilian business can fall under the definition of entities suspected of supporting or contributing to the maintenance or production of military items.
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The document currently includes a total of 177 companies, primarily Chinese, but is considered an “initial tranche” and could be further expanded, Reuters says. Companies such as the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and its subsidiaries, as well as Russia’s Irkut corporation are reportedly among those named on the list. (RT)
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