December 30, 2022

China Launches WTO Dispute over US Chip Export Controls

Source: VOA

Journalists: Lin Feng, Liam Scott

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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Authors

  • Martijn Rasser

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Martijn Rasser is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Rasser served as a senior intelligence ...