"US companies will follow US law. They will continue to sell chips to Chinese buyers in accordance with existing law," Doug Barry, a vice president with the US-China Business Council, told VOA in an email exchange. "They have long been required to apply for export licenses to sell certain kinds of chips and have halted sales to specific China entities when US law required them to do so." Barry said that his organization's members "support the policies of a strong indigenous semiconductor industry and robust national security." He added: "The key for preserving US competitiveness in important technologies is to narrow the scope of export and investment controls, and to consult regularly with the business community to avoid unintended policy consequences."