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U.S. suspends three firms’ export privileges for alleged illegal exports to China -Breaking


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WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department announced Wednesday that it would suspend the export privileges for three U.S. companies for 180 days in response to the illegal export of defense and satellite technology to China.

Quicksilver Manufacturing Inc. Rapid Cut LLC. and U.S. Prototype Inc. are all subject to the investigation for the unauthorised export of technical drawing and blueprints that were used to 3D-print satellites, rockets and defense-related prototypes.

Washington, DC: The Chinese Embassy has not yet commented. These companies were not immediately reachable.

Matthew Axelrod Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Export Enforcement said that “outsourcing 3-D printing space and defense prototyping to China is detrimental to U.S. national safety.” “By sending their customers’ technical drawings and blueprints to China, these companies may have saved a few bucks—but they did so at the collective expense of protecting U.S. military technology.”

These orders revoke the rights to export and also the ability to participate or receive exports from the United States, or to reexport items that are subject to these regulations.

Commerce said without customers’ advance consent or knowledge “these drawings were provided to manufacturers in China to 3-D-print the items without the required U.S. Government authorizations.”

China was illegally provided with information that “included sensitive protospace and defense technologies.”