China bans encryption exports – including quantum and key management tech
+ The list, which The Register has passed through two machine translation services, restricts exports of VPNs, chips with encryption functions used in finance industry applications, key management products and cryptanalysis equipment. Dedicated password-generating hardware also cannot leave the Middle Kingdom without approval.
China has restricted export of encryption technologies in the first list on new items published under new export control laws.
+ Quantum cryptographic equipment is also barred from leaving China without permission, a notable inclusion as China has demonstrated quantum key distribution in space and operates a satellite that uses entangled photons and spooky action at a distance to share keys.
+ The list also bans some imports, including telephones and fax machines, plus password generators and VPNs. Perhaps Beijing only wants kit it knows it can crack, rather than willy-nilly imports of security hardware.
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