China News Service, Beijing, September 3 (Reporter Li Xiaoyu) Gao Feng, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce of China, said on the 3rd that the adjustment of the "China's Export Prohibited and Restricted Technology Catalog" is a routine adjustment based on international practices and does not target specific enterprises.
China has recently adjusted and released the "Catalogue of China's Export Prohibited and Restricted Technologies", adding 23 new technology items that restrict exports.
According to relevant Chinese regulations, the export of restricted technologies must apply for a technology export license at the provincial-level commerce authority, and only after obtaining approval can it conduct substantive negotiations and sign a technology export contract.
When asked whether this move is intended to delay the sale of TikTok by ByteDance, Gao Feng said at a press conference held that day that the adjustment is based on the development of science and technology and the need to promote international science and technology exchanges and cooperation, in accordance with international practices. The routine adjustments made to the 2008 Catalogue are "not targeted at specific enterprises."
He said that in recent years, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China have been actively carrying out the revision of the Catalogue. In 2018, the Catalogue (revised draft) was widely solicited for opinions from relevant departments, industry associations, industry academic circles and the public.
The adjustment of the "Catalogue" was released and implemented after completing the legal procedures.
Gao Feng said that if relevant enterprises involve in the transfer of technologies listed in the "catalog" overseas in trade, investment or foreign economic and technical cooperation, it is recommended that the enterprises consult with the provincial commerce department in a timely manner and proceed in accordance with relevant regulations.