China voice ‘strong dissatisfaction’ with new US IT restrictions

30 Mar

Chinese authorities are unhappy with recently passed US laws on ‘cyber espionage’ which have resulted in the restriction of imports (into the US) of Chinese IT products. In a recent state media broadcast Chinese officials have stated their ‘resolute opposition’ to the new changes. These comments are the latest in a series of events that have led to an ever-increasing friction between the two nations, following accusations by the US that China was supporting a number of hackings on US companies.

China’s IT exports to the US are worth almost $130 billion (as of May 2012) and with these new cyber laws limiting these exports, it’s easy to see why China are less than happy with the situation. The main issue is that Chinese authorities feel they are being unfairly punished and that the hacking claims are simply a case of false accusations. A member of the ministry of commerce highlighted the significance of the new laws by arguing that they will have a large detrimental impact on trade between the two nations, well as damaging their trust. Chinese officials have since urged the US to reconsider the restrictions. One thing is certain, if these laws are to be implemented, it will not be without consequences.



4 Responses to “China voice ‘strong dissatisfaction’ with new US IT restrictions”

  1. de1g11 March 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    It appears China and America are as bad as each other when it comes to so called claims of hacking. So it is interesting to see how that it was America that reacted first by restring the importing of particular IT products to specific government schemes, NASA and the Justice and Commerce departments.

    This makes it seem that America is making a stand against cyber attacks through the use of this legislation, as any negative impact on exports for China is quickly noticed by the Chinese government. If America had just discussed their options with China it is unlikely to caused as much as a stir as this has. An important facet to this dispute is China’s response and the length of this ban on the American side.

    If the ban is long it could cause resentment in China. But if the Americans keep steeping up their reactions to the claimed Chinese hacking this again could cause bitterness. The ball is very much in Chinas control.

    • zifeng kang April 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      The commercial battle between two giants has been carried for a long time, in the IT industry, Google was the first issue emerged in China, therefore a series of related problems came out, the Chinese government always thinks the US are intended to punish or being accusation unfairly, such as hacking and other cyber crimes, and China deny these kind of states. In my point of view as a Chinese, once US claim the issue of hacking etc, they have to show some evidences to support their states, but US seem to display anything to the public. Due to some financial and commercial issues, US government may intend to restrict Chinese exports into America not just in IT industry, but also others such as food, raw material etc., it may because the losing value of dollars and worldwide financial crises. Although China is still a developing country, GDP has reached the second of the world and the threats from this fast-growing nation have threatened US in many aspects, and US want to remain the top in the world, the main competitor must be China.

  2. jc35g10 April 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    This dispute is likely to make many Americans panic, as “81%” of adults and “88%” of opinion leaders see having a strong relationship with China as being very important and extremely beneficial. Therefore, it is clear that Americans are not going to want to lose this relationship, or the trust and trade that comes with it. However, hacking claims are likely to do just this. “76%” of Americans see a lack of trust as a major barrier for keeping a good relationship with the Chinese, which is terrifying for some, as they feel they need this ally to prosper. This friction is going to want to be solved quickly by many as a conflict between these two powerful nations is not one to be desired.


  3. pw9g10 April 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    It does appear that the two nations are as bad as each other although it appears the US are far more used to crying foul play in any incident. Recent events have seen the US complain about Chinese protectionism while introducing their own protectionist policies here (albeit apparently justified by supposed Chinese hacking). Furthermore, the US also complain about hacking from the Chinese whilst they have undoubtedly been doing the same thing themselves and probably for a greater period of time.

    Considering the size of the two countries’ economies it is not surprising that many Americans see the relationship as essential. Globalisation has forced economies across the globe to become inter-reliant and having two countries as big as they are adopting different paths would seriously limit the benefits from globalisation. Furthermore, friction on such a large scale could provide some unwanted spill over effects. A lack of trust and general distaste could create further tensions beyond the borders of the US and China and effect less stable nations such as North Korea. However, that is a rather extreme and pessimistic view knowing the relationship between the two countries has not exactly fallen through.

    It may also be the case that the desire of many Americans to have a strong relationship with China will eventually lead to the resolution of these disputes. Soon enough, if the relationship is truly valued, the US will not be foolish enough to let it subside.

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