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Commerce Adds 59 Chinese Institutions to Entity List; Wilbur Ross Quoted

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The Department of Commerce (DOC) has added 59 Chinese entities to its export control entity list for activities that threaten the country’s national security and foreign policy interests. 

State Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a statement published Friday that 19 of the new entities added committed theft of trade secrets from U.S. companies to advance China’s defense industrial base, among others.

Commerce is also adding to the list 25 research institutes related to the China State Shipbuilding that have contributed to China’s militarization of the South China Sea and another four for supporting human rights abuses in China.

“China’s corrupt and bullying behavior both inside and outside its borders harms U.S. national security interests, undermines the sovereignty of our allies and partners, and violates the human rights and dignity of ethnic and religious minority groups,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “Commerce will act to ensure that America’s technology—developed and produced according to open and free-market principles—is not used for malign or abusive purposes.”