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Pentagon Defends Addition of Hesai Technology to Chinese Military Company List

The Pentagon stands by its decision last week to add Hesai Technology to its 1260H List of Chinese military companies, an agency spokesperson said.

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The agency “determined Hesai’s activities met the definition of a Chinese military company contained in the statute,” Jeff Jurgensen said, which covers “entities owned by, controlled by, affiliated with, or contributing to” China’s military modernization efforts or its defense industrial base. “When producing the 1260H list, the Department of Defense fully complies with the law,” Jurgensen said in a Feb. 9 email.

DOD's comments came one day after Hesai -- the largest Chinese lidar company by sales -- said it plans to file a lawsuit against the agency, calling the move “unjust, capricious, and meritless” (see 2402080030).