BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese government on Friday criticized the Biden administration for restricting access to US technology for supercomputers, saying the sanctions “only strengthen China’s determination” to invent its own.
The sanctions announced on Thursday are the latest sign from President Joe Biden that he is committed to the tough stance taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, on China’s tech industry, which Washington sees as a potential threat.
The move intensifies accusations of the ruling Communist Party’s industrial programs, access to American technology, cyberattacks, and business secret theft.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hao Lijian accused Washington of “maliciously suppressing” Chinese industry by abusing false security warnings.
“The restraint and pressure from the United States can not stop the pace of China’s scientific and technological progress, but only strengthen China’s determination and willingness to innovate on its own,” he said.
Hao said Beijing would protect its companies by responding to Chinese warnings following previous US trade sanctions, which often backfired.
The Department of Commerce said the latest penalties block researchers and manufacturers from accessing US technology. They can be used to simulate nuclear aerodynamics և fast or stealth aircraft և missiles.
Biden has said he wants better relations with Beijing, but has indicated that he will not lift sanctions imposed by Trump on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and other companies.
The Communist Party responded by saying that accelerated efforts to turn China into a self-reliant “technological power” would become a major economic priority this year.
Chinese supercomputers have set speed records, but use US-supplied processor chips and other equipment. They can assist in the development of weapons by mediating nuclear explosions, aerodynamics of fast or stealth aircraft, and missiles.
“The United States has long imposed a technical blockade on China in the field of supercomputers, but China’s supercomputers still lead the world through independent innovation,” he said.
U.S. fines apply to Super Ina, Shenzhen, Wuxiengengzhou, Tianjin Fitum IT, Shanghai National High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, and Sunway Microelectronics National Supercomputers.
At the same time, US telecommunications regulators are in the process of depriving three Chinese telephone operators of the right to work in the United States.
Trump also tried to force the Chinese owner of the TikTok video service to sell his US unit, and ordered the Americans to be barred from investing in Pentagon-listed companies linked to China’s military.