China will take necessary measures to uphold rights of Chinese companies

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday it would take necessary measures to uphold the rights and interests of Chinese companies, after the United States added Chinese supercomputing entities to an economic blacklist.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was speaking at a regular news briefing.

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Thursday it was adding seven Chinese supercomputing entities to a U.S. economic blacklist for assisting Chinese military efforts.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Alex Richardson)