According to Reuters, the White House announced on May 23rd, local time, that the recent Chinese government’s ban on U.S. chip manufacturer Micron Technology Inc. was “not based on facts” and was implemented for security reasons. In addition, Congressman Gallagher, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Strategic Competition with China, called on the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose trade restrictions on Chinese memory chip manufacturer ChangXin Memory Technologies as a retaliatory action against China.
During the regular press briefing held by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 24th, spokesperson Mao Ning responded to questions from Reuters reporters, stating that China’s relevant departments’ network security review of Micron Technology’s products sold in China is conducted in accordance with the law, and the decision is based on facts. China’s network security review does not target specific countries or regions, and we do not exclude any country’s technology and products. It is the United States that, under the pretext of national security, has listed over 1,200 Chinese companies and individuals on various lists and imposed various restrictions without any factual basis. This is economic coercion, and it is unacceptable.
“As for the mention of some U.S. Congress members proposing to include Chinese companies on the Entity List,” Mao Ning stated, “What I want to say is that China firmly opposes the U.S. side’s generalization of the concept of national security and its unjustified suppression of Chinese companies through the abuse of state power. Such discriminatory and unfair practices seriously undermine normal economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between China and the United States, disrupt market rules and the international economic and trade order, and severely disrupt global supply chains. China will continue to take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and institutions.”