(Reuters) – The European Union has proposed sanctions on Chinese companies accused of selling equipment that could be used in weapons to support Russia’s war machine, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
Seven Chinese companies have been included in a new sanctions package that will be discussed by EU member states this week, according to the report, citing a copy of the sanctions list seen by the FT.
According to the FT, the sanctions list includes two companies from mainland China, 3HC Semiconductors and King-Pai Technology, along with five from Hong Kong, including Sinno Electronics, Sigma Technology, Asia Pacific Links, Tordan Industry and Alpha Trading Investments.
The European Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Some companies like King-Pai Technology have already been sanctioned by the United States, which said it was a China-based supplier to multiple entities in Russia’s military-industrial complex.
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Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine 14 months ago, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called a “special military operation”, the EU has adopted 10 sanctions packages against Russian individuals and companies, inflicting economic hardship and making it difficult the financing of the war.
(Reporting by Jyoti Narayan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler and Diane Craft)
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