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Trade war

US sanctions highlight China's civil-military overlap

Tit-for-tat security restrictions threaten range of commercial dealings

Chinese President Xi Jinping, seen here addressing People's Liberation Army troops in Hong Kong, has made a point of promoting civil-military integration.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- A U.S. clampdown on dealings with Chinese companies has highlighted the increasingly blurred line between the military and civilian sectors in the world's No. 2 economy.

The U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this month added 44 entities, including some companies affiliated with the People's Liberation Army, to its export control list over national security concerns. Despite the focus on businesses with military ties, the move could impact a range of commercial products.

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