The Biden administration’s first move to strengthen China in the pursuit of U.S. technology comes after a Chinese group was accused of building supercomputers to help the Chinese military on an export blacklist.
Three companies and four branches of China’s National Supercomputing Center were added to the U.S. government’s “entity list,” prohibiting American companies from exporting technology to unlicensed groups.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said the groups were involved in building programs to develop supercomputers and weapons of mass destruction used by Chinese “military actors”.
Gina Raymondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, said, “Almost all – supercarming capabilities are critical to the development of modern weapons and national defense systems such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic weapons.”
Raymondo said the Biden administration would “use the full scope of its authority to prevent China from using US technology to support this unstable military modernization effort.”
The Chinese entities are the branches of Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, Shanghai High Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics and National Supercomputing Center.
China The United States is increasingly concerned about China’s access to American technology that is helping the People’s Liberation Army close the gap between US military and field weapons that could change the balance of military power in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Washington Post reported this week that Phytium has designed semiconductors using U.S. technology to power supercomputers designed to make hypersonic missiles, which are difficult to detect because of their speed.
Phytium cadence used design systems and the technology of synopsis, the magazine said. The U.S. move on Thursday will make it harder for the two California-based companies to provide services and products to Chinese companies. But if the technology is manufactured outside the United States, it does not preclude Chinese groups from supplying it.
The Washington Post says Fitium has outsourced its chips production to TSMC, a Taiwanese company that has become The most advanced semiconductor manufacturer in the world.
The Financial Times previously reported to the Trump administration Taiwan has put pressure on the government To prevent TSMC from producing Huawei’s chips, which are said to be being used in Chinese missiles that could be deployed in a possible attack on Taiwan.
The move to place the Chinese group on the entity list will not affect TSMC’s ability to supply semiconductors.
There was the Trump administration Put in dozens of Chinese companies It also targeted Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone maker, on its list of entities, including telecom equipment company Huawei.
The Biden administration is reviewing dozens of China-related measures, including an order banning Americans from assisting the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the last years of Donald Trump’s tenure in office. The United States is also trying to find ways to coordinate export controls with allies in Asia and Europe
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