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US-China tensions

US blacklist filled with companies working for China military

Beijing enlists private sector in cutting-edge weapons development

The Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong, shown here in a photo provided by Xinhua News Agency, is a product of Beijing's policy of military-civil fusion.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- Three-quarters of companies recently blacklisted by the U.S. over Chinese military activities have dealings with the People's Liberation Army, Nikkei research shows, a sign of the PLA's growing reliance on the private sector under President Xi Jinping's push for "military-civil fusion."

The U.S. Commerce Department in August added 24 Chinese companies to the so-called entity list for what Washington says is their role in helping Beijing militarize artificial islands in the South China Sea.

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