Washington has moved to tighten restrictions on technology exports to China in order to limit Beijing's military modernization, the Financial Times reported. According to a "China Policy Rule" posted on the US government website, there will be an increase in the number of military end-use items for which US companies require export licenses for sale to China. In total, 20 separate product groups are listed, covering items such as high-powered computers and certain kinds of laser. The announcement received a heated response with certain industry groups and trade lawyers. "The flawed final rule is being rolled out over significant industry criticism, poor coordination with industry and other federal agencies and with all manner of ‘Trust me, this will be good for you' agency spin and misrepresentation," said Donald Weadon and Carol Kalinoski, two Washington experts on export controls. Carlos Gutierrez, the US commerce secretary, defended the move, saying it "strikes the right balance in our complex relationship with China."