(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted five Chinese firms due to allegations of their support of the Russian military, a development that has apparently left the Biden administration in yet another foreign entanglement of its own making.
Firms which were targeted were Connec Electronic Ltd., King Pai Technology Co., Sinno Electronics Co., Winnic Electronic and World Jetta Logistics Ltd, the Daily wire reported.
The Commerce Dept. placed these firms on the “entity list,” which forbids U.S. companies from doing business with them.
“For us, the number-one priority with respect to China, when it comes to the war in Ukraine, is that China not become militarily supportive of Russia through the provision of equipment,” Sullivan said.
“Number two is that they not engage in wholesale or systematic undermining or evasion of U.S. sanctions.”
Sullivan said the administration had done its due diligence and was satisfied that China was not seen to acting in “a way inconsistent with those two principles and certainly not at scale with respect to the economic relationship,” he continued.
This is the first action taken against Chinese firms by the Commerce Department since the start of the invasion in February.
A representative at the Chinese embassy has stated that Beijing only seeks to promote peace in Russia.
“China’s position on the Ukrainian issue is consistent and clear. We have been playing a constructive role in promoting peace talks and have not provided military assistance to the conflicting parties,” the representatives said.
That potential was one of the reasons Putin used to justify his Ukrainian invasion, and concerns are that China could use the same excuse for aggressive action of its own.