Award given to Xiaomi founder Lei Jun caused the U.S. Defense Department to blacklist the company
The legal filing also mentioned Xiaomi’s investment in advanced technologies including 5G and artificial intelligence. Xiaomi is trying to use the courts to remove the blacklisting and has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Defense responded with a filing of its own which includes the report about the award given to Lei Jun. Other prominent names on the Defense Department’s list include smartphone manufacturer Huawei, whose troubles with U.S. restrictions were discussed today in an earlier story, and China’s top foundry SMIC.
Lei’s award was given to him by China’s MIIT; this is the government agency that oversees the country’s policies related to technology and industrial policy. The U.S. Defense Department says this agency manages China’s “civil-military fusion.” Under this program, China works with private businesses to create technology for the military.