The Bureau of Industry and Safety of the US Department of Commerce United has added 27 companies to its list of entities banned from trading with the United States, including several Chinese companies that use quantum computing .
The target The Financial Times reports that the companies have been banned on the grounds that they threaten national security.
Eight of the Chinese groups have been specifically targeted for prevent them from accessing quantum technologies , with the ministry accusing the companies of helping to develop the Chinese military 's quantum computing program.
SAccording to reports, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the eight Chinese companies are working to advance Beijing's efforts that support military applications, such as counter-stealth and counter-sub applications. sailor, and the possibility of breaking the encryption or develop unbreakable encryption. "
FT notes that the addition of the 27 companies to the ban list is the latest move by the Biden administration to prevent Beijing from getting its hands on cutting-edge technology that may have military applications.
"It is a sound decision and an important reminder of the scope and scale of China's efforts to achieveread technological breakthroughs that erode US national security, ”said Martijn Rasser, a former US official at the FT.
In addition to the targeted Chinese groups, Washington has placed 13 Pakistani companies listed on the "List of entities" for activities related to nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as companies from Japan and Singapore.