U.S. to blacklist China’s largest chipmaker as tech tensions escalate
ByFunAsia 06 Sep 2020 09:54 PM 167

According to reports from one of the spokespersons to a Defense Department, Donald Trump’s administration is imposing strict restrictions on the export of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s largest semiconductors manufacturer.


The Department of Defense discusses whether SMIC should be included under the Commerce Department’s entity list, which restricts companies from receiving specific goods made in the United States. This list contains more than 300 China-based companies.


A Defense Department spokesperson said, “DoD is currently working with the interagency in assessing available information to determine if SMIC’s actions warrant adding them to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List,”


“Such an action would ensure that all exports to SMIC would undergo a more comprehensive review.”

The discussion is a part of a continued effort to pressure China’s technology firms and escalate the tech battle between Washington and Beijing.


Last month, The Trump administration issued orders to ban transactions with ByteDance and forced the company to divest the U.S. operations of the TikTok app.

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