The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday, Nov. 30, sanctioned a defense company of Chinese origin operating in the United States accused of selling to the President Nicholás Maduro regime in Venezuela hardware equipment used to repress and persecute opponents of the communist regime.
The sanctioned company appears in the public records under the name of China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC). It was accused by the United States of supporting Maduro’s efforts to undermine democracy, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon.
The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that the Chinese company supports Maduro’s leftist government in its “efforts to restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance and cyber operations against political opponents.”
“The United States will not hesitate to target anyone helping to suppress the democratic will of the Venezuelan people and others around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continued in the statement.
The CEIEC began offering services to Venezuela in 2017, trading much of its products and providing support to the state-owned telecommunications giant, Compañía Nacional de Teléfonos de Venezuela (CNTV), which controls 70 percent of the country’s internet services.
Among the articles and services commercialized with the Venezuelan regime, is the incorporation of a multibillion-dollar surveillance system, which included the installation of 30,000 cameras throughout the country.
At the beginning of the year, the United States announced new and strong export controls to prevent entities in Venezuela, China, and Russia from acquiring U.S. technology and using it for military purposes.
The restrictions seek to prevent the development of weapons, military aircraft, or surveillance technology through civilian, or seemingly civilian, supply chains for military use, the Trump administration repeatedly reported.
According to Reuters, both the Chinese and Venezuelan regimes disagreed with the measures taken, and China even threatened to take steps to protect its companies abroad.
In recent weeks, President Trump has strengthened his commitment to fighting communism and has sanctioned many Chinese companies that have links with the Chinese military and slave labor practices.
President Trump issued an executive order in which he was instrumental in addressing the Chinese Communist Party’s interference in the United States and its intentions to benefit from American capital for the purpose of developing its military apparatus: “The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is increasingly exploiting U.S. capital to obtain resources and to allow the development and modernization of its military, intelligence, and security apparatus. This is causing the People’s Republic of China [the CCP] to directly threaten the homeland of the United States and U.S. forces abroad.”