While the US defended its actions by saying that global trade and commerce should not support national security risks, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday his country reserved the right to take countermeasures.
The Chinese companies are a part of 27 foreign entities and individuals that were added to the blacklist — called the Entity List — for allegedly engaging in activities “that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States,” according to the US Department of Commerce.
Gino Raimondo, the US secretary of commerce, said that apart from China, others were located in Japan, Pakistan and Singapore.
She said that some were added to the list to prevent the US’s own tech companies “from being used for the PRC’s quantum computing efforts that support military applications, such as counter-stealth and counter-submarine applications, and the ability to break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption”.
And the Quantum Cold War between the U.S. and China gets colder: Commerce Department adds eight tech producers to its Entity List. This aims to prevent them from acquiring U.S. origin tech that would support China's military's quantum computing efforts. https://t.co/9NQip3QtSK
— ericmiller191 (@ericmiller191) November 24, 2021
“Today’s action will also restrict exports to PRC [People’s Republic of China] producers of electronics that the support the People’s Liberation Army’s military modernisation efforts.”
Confirmed: The US government has added to its Entity List a chip company linked to H3C – which just happens to be @HPE's China JV
"We are looking into the Commerce Department’s action today," an HPE spokesperson told our @ssharwood
Story here: https://t.co/rNyZliIPNI
— The Register (@TheRegister) November 25, 2021
Mr Liu rebuked the US because it did not “follow the spirit” of a virtual three-hour meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping last week. He said the US should “meet China halfway instead of going further down the wrong path”.