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US-China tensions

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi follows Huawei onto US blacklist

Chip equipment maker Amec also targeted as Trump administration winds down

Smartphone maker Xiaomi is among the nine Chinese companies added to a U.S. trade blacklist in the final days of the Trump administration. (Photo by Karina Nooka)   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been added to a U.S. blacklist that will restrict American investment into the company, as the outgoing Trump administration ratchets up tension with Beijing by intensifying its crackdown on Chinese corporate interests.

The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday added Xiaomi to its list of companies with alleged links to the Chinese military. The addition follows a crackdown on Xiaomi's compatriot Huawei, the world's No. 2 smartphone maker, that has restricted its access to U.S. technologies. China's top chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has also been added to multiple blacklists to restrict its business with American suppliers and force U.S. investors to sell their shares in the company.

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