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US Blacklists Chinese ChipMaker SMIC


US President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday introduced it had imposed export controls on China’s greatest chipmaker, SMIC, limiting its entry to US expertise over its alleged ties to the Chinese army.

“We’re adding SMIC to the entity list mostly because we need to make sure US intellectual property and manufacturing capabilities are not being used by SMIC’s clients to continue to support the military-civil fusions efforts within China,” a senior official within the Commerce Department stated.

The designation means US corporations should apply for a license earlier than exporting to SMIC, and particularly targets the Chinese agency’s capability to accumulate supplies for producing chips of 10 nanometers or smaller, one of the best class within the business.

The Commerce Department official stated Washington has proof SMIC has labored with the Chinese army on growing short- and medium-range ballistic missiles and exoskeletons for troopers, however had been discussing with SMIC for months on a method to keep away from the designation.

“We simply no longer could stand by and watch our adversary using our technologies to support its military capabilities,” the official stated.

The determination will increase strain on the chipmaker that has acquired billions of {dollars} in help from Beijing and is on the coronary heart of its efforts to enhance the nation’s technological self-sufficiency.

Under Trump, the United States has repeatedly focused its world rival by the entity listing, which now features a few hundred Chinese corporations and subsidiaries.

Trump is about handy energy to President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

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