U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced an escalation of sanctions including of some 80 companies linked to the Chinese military, for national security reasons.
The goal is to prevent the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from becoming the world’s dominant power by 2025 as scheduled, Ross said in a Dec. 18 interview with Fox News.
“What this is all about is these are companies that are tied to the People’s Liberation Army. This has to do with their access to very advanced semiconductor products,” Ross told host Maria Bartiromo.
Additionally, Ross mentioned his concern about cyberattacks and said that they were being taken “very seriously.”
Companies added to the commercial “blacklist” will not have access to sensitive products or information related to U.S. technology.
The list of companies punished in this way is around 700 and 296 are related to the CCP, among those 150 are linked to the Chinese technology firm Huawei.
Another large restricted company is Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), dedicated to building chips for industries that strengthen the CCP’s military.
We must “ensure that China, through its national champion SMIC, is not able to leverage U.S. technologies to enable indigenous advanced technology levels to support its destabilizing military activities,” Ross said.
“If we don’t maintain a hard line, China [the CCP] will achieve their 2025 plan of becoming the dominant power in the world in terms of all the key technologies,” he added.
He also warned, “If there’s any letting up at all they will accelerate their process, because they push as hard as they possibly can until they are met with enough determine resistance on our part that they have to stop.”
Recently several technology systems from several federal agencies were severely hacked, and Ross alluded to that interference.
The CCP is considered a serious threat not only to the national security of the United States, but to the world.
The CCP’s penetration of all branches of American activity is becoming increasingly evident, and even more worrisome, its strong influence over many of the most important politicians.
In this regard, Twitter user Ron @CodeMonkeyZ sent a photo of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, surrounded by numerous American leaders in an attitude that could be considered submissive.
“Xi Jinping photographed with many high-level U.S. government officials,” Ron tweeted.
Xi Jinping pictured with many high level US govt officials. pic.twitter.com/4EuTlZUAi5
— Ron (@CodeMonkeyZ) December 18, 2020
Likewise, the Internet user @DebbieA43922131 referred to the same topic in one of her tweets.
“All roads lead to China littered with corrupt and bribed politicians selling out America,” she said.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO CHINA LITTERED WITH CORRUPT AND BRIBED POLITICIANS SELLING OUT AMERICA https://t.co/EnDqpxuTCS