China Tuesday criticized a revised US regulation which tightens controls over
high-technology exports to the country.
By imposing restrictions on more categories, Washington has ignored China's
efforts at enlarging imports from the United States, which will negatively
affect the process of balancing two-way trade, Yao Shenhong, a spokesman for the
Ministry of Commerce, said yesterday.
He was responding to the latest US rule on dual-use high-tech exports to
China, published by the US Department of Commerce last Friday.
According to the regulation, the licensing requirements are expanded to a
list of items covering 20 product categories and associated technologies and
software, which the US government defined as those that "could contribute to
China's military modernization".
Items subject to the new military end-use controls include aircraft, avionics
and inertial navigation systems, lasers, depleted uranium, and some
telecommunications equipment for space communications or air defense. The list
was compiled by the US state, commerce and defense departments.
A US rule last year targeting China requires licenses for many items not
previously controlled, and affected 47 categories of high-tech products.
China has been striving to narrow its trade surplus with the United States by
importing more high-technology products.
"The new regulation increases the costs for Chinese firms involved in
high-technology trade and hurt their confidence in conducting trade with the
US," Yao said.
The new rule imposes "irrational barriers" to bilateral trade, without
considering Chinese views, he added.
US Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez said in a press statement on Friday
that "this new rule strikes the right balance in our complex relationship with
"It is a common-sense approach that will make it easier for US companies to
sell to pre-screened civilian customers in China, while at the same time denying
access to US technology that would contribute to China's military. The steps we
are taking today are good for national security, and for American exporters and
The American Chamber of Commerce, representing US businesses, claimed in a
report published earlier this year that the draft rule would not effectively
advance US policy objectives and would instead have the undesirable effect of
needlessly penalizing US businesses.
(China Daily 06/20/2007 page1)