China Touts Putting Apple, Qualcomm, Cisco on 'Unreliable Entity List'

May 15, 2020 11:06 pm

Beijing (PingWest)—China intends to implement the "unreliable entity list," some US companies including Apple, Qualcomm, Cisco, Boeing, may be put on the list, Global Times reported on Friday, citing government sources.

In accordance with the Network Security Review Measures and antitrust law, China will restrict or investigate these US companies, according to the report, which emphasized that if the US further exerts pressure on Huawei by restricting Taiwanese chip maker TSMC and other major suppliers to provide semiconductors to it, China will effectively fight back and protect its legitimate rights and interests.

The report came after a Reuters report that the US Commerce Department is going to amend an export rule to "strategically target Huawei's acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology." 

The unreliable entity list was proposed a year ago as a countermeasure to the Trump administration's move to put Huawei and a number of other Chinese companies and individuals onto the Commerce Department's Entity List, effectively banning it from procuring technology that's made in the US or by US companies, with few exceptions. However, further details about the Chinese list is not readily available.

"China will establish an unreliable entity list...foreign enterprises, organizations, and individuals that do not comply with market rules, violate the spirit of the contract, block or cut supplies to Chinese firms with non-commercial purposes, and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, will be added to the list," Gao Feng, a spokesman of China's Ministry of Commerce, said at a press conference on May 31, 2019.