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US warns countries to examine their dealings with CCCC

The United States embassy in Colombo said that they hope countries will examine their dealings with China Communication and Construction Company (CCCC) to guard against the company’s abuses, and to protect their own sovereignty and interests.
The  China Communication and Construction Company was involved in the construction of Mattala airport and the Hambantota Port and is the parent company of China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) which is involved in the construction of Colombo's Port City.

On August 26, the U.S. Department of State imposed visa restrictions on People’s Republic of China (PRC) individuals responsible for, or complicit in, either the large-scale reclamation, construction, or militarization of disputed outposts in the South China Sea, or the PRC’s use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resources.

These individuals will now be inadmissible into the United States, and their immediate family members may be subject to these visa restrictions as well, the US embassy in Colombo said in a statement today.

In addition, the Department of Commerce has added 24 PRC state-owned enterprises to the Entity List, including several subsidiaries of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). Under these sanctions, certain U.S.-origin items may require a license subject to Export Administration Regulations (EAR) before they can be provided to companies on the Entity List.

"Since 2013, the PRC has used its state-owned enterprises to dredge and unlawfully reclaim more than 3,000 acres in the South China Sea, destabilizing the region, trampling on the sovereign rights of its neighbors, and causing untold environmental devastation. CCCC led the destructive dredging of the PRC’s South China Sea outposts and is also one of the leading contractors used by Beijing in its global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) strategy. CCCC and its subsidiaries have engaged in corruption, predatory financing, environmental destruction, and other abuses across the world," the US embassy said.

"These sanctions are targeted at PRC entities and the United States further encourages countries to manage risk when dealing with CCCC and its subsidiaries. CCCC has done untold environmental damage, been involved with malign actions around the world, and caused instability in the Indo-Pacific," the statement said.

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