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China: US should stop abusing national security concept after blacklisting companies

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China said on Friday it firmly opposes the US’ wanton oppression of its companies and asked America to stop abusing the concept of national security, after the Trump administration added China’s SMIC and CNOOC to a defense blacklist.

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It will severely harm the US interest and image, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing.

The US on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

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