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US finalising rules on limiting tech exports to China

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The American government is almost done preparing new rules which should limit the export of high-tech solutions to adversaries around the world.

According to Reuters, the new legislation which is being drafted by the Department of Commerce, focuses on five rules which should keep things like quantum computers (opens in new tab) out of the hands of the Chinese, or possibly Russians.

When the government sought industry opinion on the legislation last year, it fuelled speculation that it would hinder technology exports, significantly. However, given that the US aims to limit a very narrow set of advanced technology, it seems as those fears were unfounded.

“Based on their titles, the rules appear to be narrowly tailored to address specific national security issues, which should go a long way to calming the nerves of those in industry concerned that the administration would impose controls over broad categories of widely available technologies,” said Kevin Wolf, former assistant secretary of commerce for export administration.  

The Department of Commerce decided not to comment further or to give additional details, but told Reuters it had a “number of proposed rules in the review process”.

Despite all of this, industry players shouldn’t relax too much, given that the Commerce Department could issue more rules in the future (opens in new tab), further hindering the export of technology.

We are yet to learn when these rules will be made public, or what the control would be for individual countries, clients and use cases.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.