June 19, 2007 / 9:36 AM / 13 years ago

China criticizes tighter U.S. high-tech export rules

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing expressed “regret and concern” on Tuesday over a tightening of U.S. restrictions on high-technology exports to China and warned of potential damage to Sino-U.S. trade.

New regulations go into effect on Tuesday that tighten controls on exports of certain aircraft and engines, lasers and space communications systems that the United States says could be used by China to modernize its military.

A spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce, Yao Shenhong, said the rules would seriously dampen business confidence in high-technology trade and increase costs for both countries.

“It is inappropriate for the U.S. side to launch the new rules without fully listening to the Chinese side, and it is against the sprit of cooperation,” Yao said in a statement on the ministry’s Web site, www.mofcom.gov.cn.

Yao said the new regulations would damage China’s efforts to increase imports from the United States and so would not be helpful in redressing the imbalance in Sino-U.S. trade.

“It is the United States that will bear the brunt of any negative impact from the new rules on high-technology trade,” Yao said.

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