Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn People visit the stand of China Electronic Technology Group Corporation (CETC) during PT Expo China (PTEXPO) at China National Convention Center on October 14, 2020 in Beijing, China.Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images During the past few years, the U.S. government has placed scores of Chinese companies and their subsidiaries on what is known as the U.S. Entity List, which makes it harder for American firms to export certain goods to them.If a company is placed on the Entity List the restrictions only apply to dual use items with military implications that are subject to the government's Export Administration Regulations This economic punishment has been used against the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, as well as artificial intelligence and surveillance camera firms like SenseTime and HikVision. But how effective is the Entity List?One expert clarified that even for Huawei, being on the US Entity List does not completely cut them off from buying American goods; only certain types of goods. The Commerce Dept. could use a stronger "denial order" -- which is not frequently done -- that would completely halt any export of American made goods. This was briefly done with ZTE, before the sanctions were lifteSubscribe or register to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.