On October 5, 2022, the Department of Defense (DOD), in compliance with Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, released an updated list (Blacklist) of banned People’s Republic of China (China) military companies. PilieroMazza recently wrote about Part B of Section 889 taking full effect for DOD contractors on October 1, 2022. Section 889 is a broad prohibition to the use of any covered Chinese technology posing a threat to U.S. cybersecurity and national security. Section 889 is comprised of two parts: Part A prohibits the government from procuring telecommunications equipment or services where a substantial or essential component of those goods or services are sourced from a blacklisted Chinese entity, and Part B prohibits agencies from contracting with firms that use prohibited equipment or services during business, even if that use is unrelated to the company’s federal contract. Contractors are encouraged to review the Blacklist regularly to avoid doing business with these companies and potentially losing contract awards and facing False Claims Act liability.

The Blacklist adds 13 companies, including Shenzhen-based DJI Technology (DJI). DJI is one of the world’s largest drone manufacturers and is estimated to control more than half of the global market for commercial drones. Some of the more ‘notable’ additions to the Blacklist include: BGI Genomics Co, a genetic testing company with a massive gene databank and DNA-sequencing contracts worldwide; CRRC Corp, which manufactures rail transit gear; and Zhejiang Dahua Technology, a Hangzhou-based surveillance equipment maker.

Below are the Section 889 banned entities according to the most recent Blacklist, with new additions italicized:

  1. Beijing Zhidao Chuangyu Information Technology Co.,
    Ltd. (Beijing Kownsec)
  2. BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. (BGI)
  3. China International Engineering Consulting Corporation (CIECC)
  4. China National Chemical Corporation Ltd. (ChemChina)
  5. China National Chemical Engineering Group
    Corporation (CNCEC)
  6. China State Construction Group Co.
  7. CloudWalk Technology Co., Ltd. (CloudWalk)
  8. CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC)
  9. Dawning Information Industry Co., Ltd. (Sugon)
  10. Global Tone Communication Technology Co Ltd. (GTCOM)
  11. Shenzhen Dn Innovation Technology Co., Ltd. (DJI)
  12. Zhejiang Dahna Technology Co., Ltd. (Dahna)
  13. 360 Security Technology Inc. (Qihoo 360)
  14. Aerospace CHUAV Co., Ltd.
  15. Aerosun Corporation
  16. Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd. (AVIC)
  17. AVIC Aviation High-Technology Company Limited
  18. AVIC Heavy Machinery Company Limited
  19. AVIC Jonhon Optronic Technology Co., Ltd.
  20. AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Company Limited
  21. AVIC Xi’an Aircraft Industry Group Company Ltd.
  22. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation
    Limited (CASIC)
  23. China Communications Construction Company
    Limited (CCCC)
  24. China Communications Construction Group
    (Limited) (CCCG)
  25. China Electronics Corporation (CEC)
  26. China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC)
  27. China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN)
  28. China Marine Information Electronics Company Limited
  29. China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd.
  30. China Mobile Limited

31. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC)
32. China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)
33. China North Industries Group Corporation Limited
       (Norinco Group)
34. China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC)
35. China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC)
36. China SpaceSat Co., Ltd.
37. China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC)
38. China Telecom Corporation Limited
39. China Telecommunications Corporation
40. China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited
41. China United Network Communications Group Co.,
       Ltd. (China Unicom)
42. CNOOC Limited
43. Costar Group Co., Ltd.
44. Fujian Torch Electron Technology Co., Ltd.
45. Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co.,
       Ltd. (Hikvision)
46. Huawei Inves1ment & Holding Co., Ltd.
47. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
48. Inner Mongolia First Machinery Group Co., Ltd.
49. Inspur Group Co., Ltd.
50. Jiangxi Hongdu Aviation Industry Co., Ltd.
51. Semiconductor Manufacturing International
       Corporation (SMIC)
52. Semiconductor Manufacturing International
       (Beijing) Corporation
53. Semiconductor Manufacturing International
      (Shenzhen) Corporation
54. Semiconductor Manufacturing International
       (Tianjin) Corporation
55. Semiconductor Manufacturing South China Corporation
56. SMIC Holdings Limited
57. SMIC Hong Kong International Company Limited
58. SMIC Northern Integrated Circuit Manufacturing
       (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
59. SMIC Semiconductor Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
60. Zhonghang Electronic Measuring Instruments
       Company Limited

The updated Blacklist reflects the United States’ efforts to preserve the nation’s cybersecurity and national security, all while safeguarding the nation’s ability to compete with China’s technological advancements. It is important to keep abreast of updates to the Blacklist as new companies are regularly being added. In the meantime, reviewing internal systems and supplies suspected to be derived from any of the Blacklisted entities is highly recommended. Using any component in any telecommunications of video surveillance equipment that comes from one of the restricted companies can lead to ineligibility for contract award, while failure to disclose the use of such banned items could result in potential liability under the False Claims Act.

If you have questions about Section 889 compliance, its impact on your business, or the Blacklist, please contact Cy Alba, the author of this blog, or another member of PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts or Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice groups. Special thanks to Ustina Ibrahim and Daniel Figuenick for their assistance with this blog.