The Biden administration is putting more pressure on Chinese firms it believes are threatening US national security.
The US Commerce Department put a dozen Chinese companies on a trade blacklist on Wednesday, claiming that some of the companies have backed China’s army development.
The measure is part of a US effort to prevent developing US technologies from being used for quantum computing activities that would benefit China’s military, such as “counter-stealth and counter-submarine applications,” according to US officials.
The Biden administration is increasing pressure on Chinese companies that it feels are endangering US national security.
On Wednesday, the US Commerce Department placed a dozen Chinese companies on a trade blacklist, claiming that some of them have aided China’s military development.
According to US sources, the step is part of an effort by the US to prevent developing US technologies from being utilized for quantum computing operations that would help China’s military, such as “counter-stealth and counter-submarine applications.”
The Commerce Department also cited concerns about China’s “ability to break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption.”
And it said that several entities from China and Pakistan were added to the list for contributing to Pakistan’s nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.
China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday blasted the new sanctions, saying that the country “will take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.”
Spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused the United States of having “repeatedly generalized national security” and having “abused state power” to suppress Chinese enterprises.
The US Commerce Department has added 27 foreign businesses and persons to its trade blacklist. Other targets were headquartered in Pakistan, Japan, and Singapore, in addition to the Chinese enterprises.