The report says that the US is considering cutting off the flow of vital American technology to as many as five Chinese companies including Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology. Adding that the US is deliberating whether to add Hikvision, Zhejiang Dahua Tecnology and several others to a blacklist that bars them from US components or software.
Citing people familiar with the matter, there’s concern that Hikvision’s or Dahua’s cameras, which come with facial recognition capabilities, could be employed in espionage. So far, only the two companies above are cited in the report. The other companies associated or potentially included are unknown at the moment.
Regardless, this will just continue to escalate tensions between the two countries. As mentioned before, things are likely to get worse before they get better as both sides play hard ball. The story above goes in line with the earlier report by the NYT here.