US Department of Commerce Targets Chinese Entities for Supporting Chinese Military Expansion in the South China Sea

    View Author September 2020
    On August 26, 2020, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 24 Chinese companies to its Entity List, alleging they enabled the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) to continue its military expansion on the long-disputed artificial islands in the South China Sea. Per the Department of Commerce (Commerce) press release, the actions of the PRC “undermine the sovereign rights of U.S. partners in the region.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross further stated, “The entities designated today have played a significant role in China’s provocative construction of these artificial islands and must be held accountable.”