US Looks to Extend China Tech Ban to Quantum Computing and AI

The U.S. is looking to broaden its China tech ban beyond chips, with the Biden administration reportedly considering additional export controls that would block China’s access to some of the most powerful emerging computer technology, such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the plans are expected to center on the still-experimental field of quantum computing and artificial intelligence software. 

If implemented, the restrictions would follow earlier this month’s announcement of more curbs designed to limit China’s ability to use cutting-edge semiconductors in weapons and surveillance systems.

The U.S. has stepped up its efforts to prevent China from developing technology that it views as a key to its competition with its primary strategic foe. The broad limits issued earlier this month also limited how US citizens and residents would invest in Chinese technology.

Quantum computing is an experimental field that may one day allow machines to perform computations that are beyond complex for today’s computers to handle.