The U.S. Export Controls is currently affecting China's scientists and other experts since it restricts them from accessing major instruments that are essential for their scientific and technological innovations.
As of the moment, the U.S.-China trade war is still happening. Because of this issue, more than 40% of the items restricted for sale to the Asian country are scientific tools, which are usually used in a laboratory.
This is a serious matter since China is also trying to make efforts on how to combat the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases that are infecting its residents.
Chinese researchers used artificial intelligence to analyze the inclusions of the current U.S. commercial export control list. In the recent scientific activity, involved researchers explained that an AI system trained on a database helped them find out that nearly 1,900 items included on the U.S. export control list are experimental tools.
"We have tried to build some tools, but we can't do everything by ourselves," said an anonymous researcher.
US Export Controls Wasn't Able To Complete Stop Chinese Scientists
According to SCMP's latest report, the Chinese government is making some huge efforts to support the country's scientists.
These include various nationwide campaigns to encourage China-based manufacturers to develop home-grown scientific tools.
Aside from this, the Asian country also found some alternative plans for trade imports from different countries, such as Germany, Russia, France, Europe, and other first-worlds.
Although they are able to find some workarounds, Chinese scientists are still having some difficulties acquiring the tools they need for their experiments, especially since it is not the forte of China.
Role of the US Export Control System
The U.S. Export Control System is still essential, even if some countries are greatly affected. To give you more idea, here are some of its major goals:
- Promote regional stability
- Take into account human rights considerations.
- Provide for national security by limiting access to the most sensitive U.S. technology and weapons
- Prevent the proliferation of weapons and technologies, including weapons of mass destruction, to problem end-users and supporters of international terrorism
- Comply with international commitments, i.e. nonproliferation regimes and UN Security Council sanctions, and UNSC resolution 1540
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Written by: Griffin Davis