Quantum Tech companies added to the U.S. Export Blacklist

The U.S. Department of Commerce has blacklisted over 27 entities from China, Singapore, Japan, and Pakistan; 8 of which are companies related to Quantum computing. These entities are banned in any exporting activities of Quantum Technologies and Advanced Technologies

Quantum computers can not only encrypt the most commonly used cyber security protocols. But it can also advance to submarine detection, stealth aircraft, and navigate through the non-GPS navigation systems; the technology favours military machines and applications.

These rapid advancements of quantum technology will be promising. And it will not belong in the future that they will lead to possible breakthroughs for the Military Advancements. Quantum technology has piqued the interests of Governments and individual enterprises for over a few years now.

Today’s actions will help prevent the diversion of U.S. technologies to the People’s Republic of China’s and Russia’s military advancement.

Gina Raimondo, U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY

The Export Banned List

The identified entities pose a potential risk of gaining access to critical American Technologies. Which entails that they are banned from trading advanced technologies, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and aerospace technologies.

Among the 27 entities, 12 were located in China, 13 from Pakistan, and two affiliated firms from Singapore and Japan.

List of the 27 entities added in the Export Banned List

Eight Chinese companies were denied access to susceptible quantum-related technology for showing support and attempted to acquire U.S.-origin items for the modernization of the military of the People’s Liberation Army, this includes Corad Technology Ltd., with claims to selling American Technologies to Iran, North Korea, and groups affiliated with P.L.A.

The U.S. Department of Commerce arguably said that these technologies could help the P.L.A. improve counter-stealth and counter-submarine applications and facilitate efforts to break U.S. encryption.

This is a sensible move and an essential reminder of the scope and scale of China’s efforts to achieve technological breakthroughs that erode U.S. national security.

 Martijn Rasser, former C.I.A. official

 

The Pakistan Companies involved in the nuclear and ballistic missile programs were added to the entity list. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology addition to a “military end-user” list made selling technology with military applications more challenging.

The pentagon was stunned because of the hypersonic weapon test conducted by China in July this year. The incident raised many questions regarding the extent of the American Technologies in support of the Chinese Military as reported in F.T. The addition of Phytium Technology to the “entity list” prevented them from using American technology in designing semiconductors for Chinese supercomputers used to develop hypersonic weapons.

The Biden Administration formed the initiative, targeting the People’s Liberation Army preventing access to sensitive quantum-related technology.