Commentary: Washington's ban binge won't stymie China's technological long march

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-19 18:21:51|Editor: huaxia
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by Xinhua writer Shi Xiaomeng

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The current U.S. administration's latest sanctions against Chinese hi-tech companies are nothing but another clear statement of its desperate bid to contain China's development and to hurt the world's most important bilateral relationship before leaving office.

Its blacklist released on Friday includes Chinese drone giant SZ DJI and top chip maker SMIC. Those firms are simply another group of victims of Washington's relentless and reckless manipulation of its state power to crack down on Chinese companies.

While Washington is seeking to bully China's hi-tech businesses, it will only rack up futile attempts to stifle China's legitimate and resolved pursuit of scientific and technological progress.

In the past few weeks, China's Chang'e-5 probe has brought back the country's first samples collected from the Moon. Chinese scientists unveiled Jiuzhang quantum computing system which can implement large-scale GBS 100 trillion times faster than the world's existing fastest supercomputer.

Surely the international community is going to see more and more successful Chinese hi-tech companies budding and thriving in the coming years and decades as the country has been investing heavily in terms of education, funds and policies to prop up its scientific and technological development. Can Washington ban them all?

Besides, the arbitrary sanctions of the current U.S. administration against foreign companies, a flagrant violation of international trade rules and business norms, have already torn apart the country's reputation as a fair player in international cooperation.

Meanwhile, these political manoeuvring will disrupt the already shaky international trade as well as global industrial and supply chains, and will ultimately hurt the interests of the United States itself.

The pathological logic of the current U.S. administration is simple: it is willing to do anything to wipe out whoever it deems a threat to its technology supremacy. Those anti-China politicians have failed to learn that this is an age where openness and cooperation are increasingly indispensable in fostering major technological advancements.

If Washington cannot abandon its obsolete and hegemonic thinking pattern, accept the fact that every country has the right to hi-tech development and come back to the right track of cooperation, it will only have to swallow the bitter fruits of its own actions.

In a certain sense, China might owe some credit to Washington's Cold-War style bullying, as such practice has let China and the wider world recognize the true nature of this increasingly egoistic super power and strengthened Beijing's determination to ratchet up indigenous technological innovation in key areas like chip-making.

China always stands ready to have cooperation of mutual benefit with the United States. Yet if Washington stubbornly sticks to its ban binge against Beijing, it will only give the Chinese people more reasons to further sharpen their wisdom and tenacity to make China more creative and prosperous. Enditem

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