Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that China is determined to protect the legitimate interests of its enterprises firmly.
Chinese authorities are preparing retaliatory measures to protect the national manufacturers and suppliers of supercomputers, against which Washington recently imposed sanctions. This was stated on Friday by the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian.
“China will take the necessary measures to respond to such actions of the United States; we intend to protect the legitimate interests of our enterprises firmly,” he said at a regular briefing.
According to the diplomat, the United States seeks at all costs to “secure a monopoly” in the international high-tech market to “preserve American hegemony in the world.” “To do this, the United States abuses the concept of state security by putting pressure on Chinese high-tech enterprises. We strongly oppose such measures,” Zhao Lijian concluded.
The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday announced the blacklisting of seven Chinese technology companies. The list includes Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, National Supercomputing Center Jinan, National Supercomputing Center Shenzhen, National Supercomputing Center Wuxi, and National Supercomputing Center Zhengzhou. According to the US authorities, these companies are involved in creating supercomputers used by China for military purposes.