However, a new report by The Wall Street Journal now reveals the real reason why the US had blacklisted Xiaomi. The US Defence Department cited a legal filing under which an award given to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun was the main reason for the company being blacklisted. 100 executives — including Lei — were given the “Outstanding Builder of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” award in 2019.
Now if you are wondering how an award could lead to a rather drastic step then here’s why. The award was given by MIIT, a government agency that looks at China’s technology and industrial policies. According to the report, the agency is responsible for China’s “civil-military fusion” and is responsible for China working with private companies to create tech for the country’s military.
Interestingly, the award given to its CEO is promoted on his biography page on the company’s corporate website. Xiaomi, as per multiple reports, has been using the legal route to get itself removed from the US’ blacklist. The company hasn’t commented on the award being the reason behind its troubles in the US.