- The US Commerce Department excludes five Chinese supercomputing organizations from access to US technology and says they are national security threats.
- The Blacklist follows the Trump administration's move last month to limit the sale of US companies to the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
- Experts say the move could complicate trade negotiations scheduled for next week between President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
The United States on Friday blacklisted five Chinese supercomputing organizations, saying they pose a threat to national security and cut them off from critical US technology.
The Ministry of Commerce put the Chinese organizations, including supercomputer maker Sugon, on its "Entity List" and said their activities are "in violation of US national security and foreign policy interests". The other four are Wuxi Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology and three Sugon affiliates.
Sugon and Wuxi Jiangnan Institute are involved in China's push to develop "exascale" computer systems, making one billion billions per day. Second to help China's military modernization.
The black list effectively carried US companies from selling technology to Chinese organizations without government approval.
The decision can complicate negotiations next week in Japan between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, aimed at removing the escalation between the two worlds. largest economies.
"The move will not interfere with the planning of a Trump-Xi meeting directly, but Beijing will see it as further evidence that those around Trump intend to interfere with China's rise as a technological force," Michael Hirson, an analyst with political risk consulting Eurasia Grou p, said in a report.
Commerce Department last monthfurther increase tensions with Beijing. The negotiations to resolve trade disputes between the two countries also broke last month.
Trump has imposed 25% of the $ 250 billion tariffs on Chinese imports and is preparing to target another $ 300 billion that extends import duties to virtually anything China ships to the United States. China has returned with tariffs on US products.
"Adding more Chinese companies to the US lists of males can be seen as a way to raise the pressure on China," said Amanda DeBusk, a partner of Dechert LLP and the former Commerce Department assistant secretary of export enforcement.
DeBusk added: "However, the Chinese can see this as illegal bullying.