U.S. officials moved today to cut off Chinese tech giant Huawei from global chipmakers, ramping up sanctions on the company seen by Washington as a national security risk.
The move one more effort pressure on China after they tacitly encouraged the spread of the Chinese Plague around the globe by failing to restrict plague carriers to travel from Wuhan, worldwide this year. Travel from Wuhan to Beijing or Shanghai was prohibited. Make of that what you will
The Commerce Department said it was broadening its sanctions enforcement to include semiconductor designs that are developed using US software and technology.
Administration officials said Huawei has been circumventing sanctions by obtaining chips and components that are produced around the world based on US technology. In other words, Huawei is encouraging and promoting technological piracy – in the same way that it’s practiced routinely by other Chinese companies.
‘This announcement cuts off Huawei’s efforts to undermine US export controls,’ the Commerce Department said in a statement.
Communist China is expected to retaliate, likely against Apple and other US companies in China. Many who read this blog feel as it it would be a good idea if they left the worker’s paradise at this point anyway. Bring the jobs and the money back to the USA.
Global Times is the official unofficial outlet for the Communist Chinese government. They make announcements, and editorialize without being strictly attributable to the Politburo.
China threatens Boeing and Apple
China is threatening to “restrict or investigate” several major U.S. companies, such as Boeing and Apple, in retaliation against U.S. action Friday to block shipments of semiconductors to the Chinese company Huawei.
The Chinese state media outlet Global Times reported that China is preparing to place U.S. companies on an “unreliable entity” list after the Trump administration blocked the shipment of computer chips to Huawei.
“China will take forceful countermeasures to protect its own legitimate rights,” a Chinese government source told the Global Times, if the U.S. continues with its plan to block chip suppliers, including Taiwan-based TSMC, from selling chips to Huawei.
Companies placed on the “unreliable entities” list could be restricted from exporting their goods to China and investigated by Chinese authorities.
Hu Xijin, the Editor in Chief for the Global Times, further elaborated on the threat to U.S. companies following the Trump administration’s trade action.
“Based on what I know, if the US further blocks key technology supply to Huawei, China will activate the “unreliable entity list”, restrict or investigate US companies such as Qualcomm, Cisco and Apple, and suspend the purchase of Boeing airplanes,” Hu tweeted.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian (caption photo) discussed proposed new US visa policies for Chinese journalists, many of whom are spies, during a daily Chinese briefing with reporters on Monday. He vows retaliation. Today, the U.S. announced it would only issue 90-day visas for Chinese reporters with no option of extension. The new rules come into force on Monday.
Previously, visas were often open-ended and did not require extension, Reuters noted. The new rules will not apply to reporters carrying passports issued by the semi-autonomous Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau.
More Visa Limits to Come?
In my conversations with Americans living overseas, I’ve been consistent in my suggestions that they support my idea of eliminating Chinese student visas. At least ten percent (though the number is likely much higher) of the Chinese students attending university in the US engage in some form of espionage. The only way to limit that is to eliminate the visas. The universities (most of which are anti-American anyway) will likely howl and consider the policy to be racist. However Communist China is an enemy of the United States. Race does not enter into it.
Likewise, any person coming from Communist needs to have their visa scrutinized and vetted thoroughly before it is granted.
If you look it another way, consider that the People’s Republic of China and the United States are getting a divorce. It doesn’t have to turn into a shooting war. Communist China can go its way and bunker up behind the Bamboo Curtain and the rest of the world will be the better for it.
But I still think that we will end up in a shooting war with Red China.