The U.S. administration could potentially restrict Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese video surveillance company, from purchasing U.S. technology, sources reported Tuesday.
The move has led to intensifying concerns about trade tensions between China and the U.S. It would add the firm to a blacklist and it would become necessary for U.S. companies to get government approval prior to supplying components to Hikvision.
The U.S. Commerce Department has also banned Huawei Technologies from buying U.S. goods, which consequently restricted U.S. companies from trading with a Chinese firm, and the nation accused the company of engaging in activity that threatens national security.
The U.S. government refused to comment immediately.
Hikvision’s shares registered a drop of 10 percent, while a company executive said the company was unaware of the possible U.S. blacklisting. Hikvision’s most suppliers are from China who supplies them with commercial chips, though there are a few suppliers in the U.S., the executive said, asking not to reveal her identity.
Last month, Hikvision and Dahua Technologies, audio-visual equipment manufacturers, were cited in a letter to the president’s top advisers; the letter was signed by about 40 lawmakers.
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