China’s Ministry of Commerce defends inclusion of U.S. companies on unreliable entities list

Chinese Ministry of Commerce

23rd May 2024 – (Beijing) The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) addressed the recent addition of three U.S. companies to China’s unreliable entities list, stating that it was a routine act of law enforcement. MOC spokesperson He Yadong clarified during a briefing that the decision to include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems, and Boeing Defense, Space & Security on the list was in accordance with Chinese legislation.

He emphasised that the repeated sales of offensive weapons by these companies to the Taiwan region had significantly undermined China’s national security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. These actions were seen as a blatant violation of the one-China principle and the provisions outlined in the three China-U.S. joint communiques. Furthermore, the spokesperson highlighted that such sales had severely disrupted peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Earlier this week, the MOC announced a series of restrictions on the three U.S. enterprises. These restrictions include a prohibition on engaging in import and export activities related to China and a ban on making new investments in the country. The measures were implemented as part of the consequences for their actions.

The inclusion of these companies on the unreliable entities list reflects China’s firm stance on safeguarding its core interests and maintaining stability in the region. The move demonstrates the Chinese government’s commitment to upholding its national security and territorial integrity.