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The U.S. Identifies Huawei And 19 Companies Backed By The Chinese Military

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has identified 20 leading Chinese companies, including telecommunications equipment conglomerate Huawei and video surveillance company Hikvision, believed to be run by the Chinese military. National owned, Reuters cited a source said. 

An unnamed US Defense official confirmed the accuracy of the number of documents Reuters accessed and said it would send to Congress. 

Washington put Huawei and its blacklist on trade last year out of concern over national security and led an international campaign to persuade allies not to build Chinese-made 5G networks. 

The list of 20 companies believed to be backed by the Chinese military and operating in the United States includes China Mobile Communications Group, China Telecommunications Group and China Aviation Industry Group. 

The US Department of Defense created this list under mandate law since 1999 targeting companies that provide commercial, manufacturing or export services, owned by the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) or control. 

By law, the Pentagon's designation does not result in penalties, but the President can impose sanctions on the companies on the list, including blocking all assets.

Huawei, Hikvision and the aforementioned corporations have not yet commented.

The Pentagon is under pressure from US party lawmakers to publish the entire list amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing in the fields of technology and trade and foreign policy. 

In September last year, a number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Ministry of Defense raising concerns about Beijing being able to enlist Chinese corporations to exploit civilian technologies new for military purposes.

Last week, China threatened to retaliate after President Trump signed an executive order seeking sanctions against the country on charges of persecuting Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China. 

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