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December 05, 2021
Source: The Daily Times Pakistan
Journalist Asad Tahir Jappa
The Biden administration has placed a dozen Chinese companies on its trade blacklist on November 23, 2021, citing US national security as well as foreign policy logics. The latest move from Washington is to launch a crack-down on China’s hi-tech defense sector. The US Commerce Department also included 16 entities and individuals from China and Pakistan to the blacklist for contributing to Pakistan’s nuclear activities or ballistic missile program. The US Commerce Department’s action against Chinese companies demonstrates double standards and political reasons for such blacklisting while special favors are afforded to her allies like India and Australia.
The move comes as the administration of US President Joe Biden has expressed public alarm over some of Beijing’s rapid military advancements, in particular, the surprise test of a nuclear-capable Chinese hypersonic missile said to be more dangerous than anything the US has yet developed. Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Centre for a New American Security, a think tank in Washington, said the hypersonic missile test underscored “the massive stakes in the military-technological race between the two superpowers”.
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