China's initiation of a WTO dispute over the export controls did not surprise Martijn Rasser, director of the technology and national security program at the Washington-based Center for New American Security.
The dispute "underscores just how few options Beijing has to really counter the U.S. moves," he told VOA Mandarin in an interview. "It's mostly a symbolic move by Beijing. I don't expect that Chinese leaders are really expecting anything to come out of this in their favor. But it's one of the few courses of action that they have, so they took it."
Reported chip developments over the summer in China may have spurred the United States to launch these extensive restrictions, according to Gerard DiPippo, a senior fellow at the Washington think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
"My feeling is that they are worried about China's progress in chips related to supercomputing and artificial intelligence," he told VOA Mandarin.
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