AFP, posted on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 11:56 am
On Friday, Washington announced an update to its export control rules, which should further complicate the production and procurement of semiconductors in China.
“These updates will limit the ability of the People’s Republic of China to both acquire and manufacture certain high-end ICs used for military purposes,” the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) said. Ministry of Trade.
“Our actions will protect the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States while sending a clear signal that American technology leadership is about more than just values, but also about innovation,” said Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Thea Roseman Candler. in the statement.
The move comes days after the Pentagon blacklisted 13 Chinese companies for their alleged ties to the military. The world leader in the production of drones, DJI, is the most famous of the Chinese target companies.
Responding to the question, Chinese diplomatic spokeswoman Mao Ning condemned Saturday’s restrictions, which she said were aimed at “maintaining the technological hegemony” of America.
The production and export of semiconductors is the subject of a fierce struggle between the two economic powers for technological dominance.
– Containment of China –
Washington regularly accuses Beijing of industrial espionage and threats to national security.
This conflict has taken on a new dimension following the semiconductor shortage linked to the Covid-19 crisis.
In this way, US President Joe Biden managed to get Congress to pass a law at the end of July providing $52 billion in subsidies to restore semiconductor production in the United States and tens of billions more for research and development.
Friday’s updated export control measures “restrict China’s ability to obtain advanced computer chips, develop and maintain supercomputers and manufacture advanced semiconductors,” the BIS said.
These components “are used by the People’s Republic of China to produce advanced military systems, including weapons of mass destruction; to increase the speed and accuracy of military decision-making, planning and logistics, and for its autonomous military systems; and commit human rights violations,” — the message says.
U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Tye told a Senate committee in June that the Biden administration was focused on protecting U.S. business interests from China’s plans to dominate key areas such as semiconductors.