US Tightens Grip on Chinese Tech Firms Citing Military Links

Expanding the List of Risky Entities

The has escalated its scrutiny of Chinese technology firms operating within its borders. In a recent move, the Pentagon has designated more than a dozen Chinese tech companies, including prominent names in AI, drone manufacturing, and semiconductor production, as entities linked to the Chinese military. This significant step intensifies the ongoing tensions between the US and over technology and security.

Identifying Potential Threats

Among the companies newly identified are Yangtze Memory Technologies Corp (YMTC), a leading memory-chip maker, alongside giants Yitu Technology and Beijing Megvii. Chengdu JOUAV, a drone maker, Hesai Technology, known for its technology, and NetPosa, a tech company, also find themselves on this list.

These firms are accused of having connections to the Chinese military, raising alarms over national security risks for the United States, reports SCMP.

This action aligns these companies with previously identified entities like DJI Technology, a consumer drone maker, and BGI, China's foremost genetics firm. They are part of the 1260H list, a catalog informing US and international companies about entities potentially contributing to Beijing's military-industrial complex.

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A Step Towards Security or Escalating Tension?

The Pentagon's move is a clear indicator of the US's growing concern over the influence and reach of Chinese technology firms linked to the military. While this step might be seen as a measure to protect national security, it also raises questions about the future of US-China relations in the tech sector.

As tensions mount, the global tech landscape braces for the ripple effects of these decisions, possibly leading to significant shifts in international tech trade and cooperation.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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