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OFAC sanctions Chinese tech firms

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On December 16, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added eight Chinese companies to OFAC’s Non-SDN Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies sanctions list. The eight Chinese technology firms were identified by OFAC pursuant to E.O. 13959, as expanded by E.O. 14032, for “actively support[ing] the biometric surveillance and tracking of ethnic and religious minorities in China.” As previously covered by InfoBytes, last month President Biden extended, for one year, the national emergency declared pursuant to E.O. 13959, as expanded by E.O. 14032, involving securities investments related to Non-SDN Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies. Among other things, E.O. 14032 generally prohibits U.S. persons from “the purchase or sale of any publicly traded securities, or any securities that are derivative of such securities, or are designed to provide investment exposure to such securities, of” any such companies. 

Additionally, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security issued a final rule, amending the Export Administration Regulations through the addition of 37 new foreign entities to the Entity List after determining the entities have engaged in activities that are “contrary to the foreign policy or national security interests of the United States.” According to OFAC’s announcement, these 37 entities “include 25 PRC entities that contribute to Beijing’s efforts to develop and deploy biotechnology and other technologies for military applications and human rights abuses, including four entities previously identified in E.O. 13959, as amended.”

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