The Bureau of Industry and Safety of the Department of United States Commerce has added 27 companies to its list of entities prohibited 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 were specifically targeted to prevent them from accessing quantum technologies , the ministry accusing the companies of having helped to ddevelop the quantum computing program of the Chinese army.
According to reports, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said the eight Chinese companies are working to advance Beijing's efforts that support military applications, such as counter-stealth and counter-submarine applications, 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 could have military applicationsres.
"It is a sensible move and an important reminder of the scope and scale of China's efforts to achieve technological breakthroughs that erode US national security," said Martijn Rasser, a former US official at the FT.
In addition to targeted Chinese groups, Washington has placed 13 Pakistani companies on the "entity list" for activities related to missile programs nuclear and ballistic, as well as companies from Japan and Singapore.