US sanctions 6 Chinese companies linked to balloon programs

US sanctions 6 Chinese companies linked to balloon programs
# 11 February 2023 03:28 (UTC +04:00)

The United States on Friday announced a fresh batch of sanctions against China that targets six aerospace companies as a result of their alleged involvement in the nation's balloon surveillance activities, the US Department of Commerce announced, APA reports citing Teletrader.

"The PRC's [People's Republic of China] use of high-altitude balloons violates our sovereignty and threatens US national security," said Alan Estevez, undersecretary of commerce for industry and security. According to the announcement, the companies subject to the measures will not be able to receive American goods unless US suppliers that wish to trade with the blacklisted entities get a special license.

The move comes after the US military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the Atlantic Ocean and, according to several reports that followed the incident, it was not the first time such a balloon was spotted over the US.

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