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Washington Post: U.S. Considers Cutting Trade with China’s Biggest Semiconductor Manufacturer; SOSi Report Cited

By September 5, 2020April 29th, 2023No Comments

The Washington Post – The Trump administration is considering adding China’s largest semiconductor manufacturer to a trade blacklist, in another sign of heightening U.S.-China technology tensions.

The Defense Department said it is working with other agencies to determine whether the “actions” of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., or SMIC, warrant adding the company to the government’s Entity List, which would block U.S. companies from selling SMIC technology without a license.

The Pentagon in the past has warned that China’s efforts to develop corporate strength in technologies including semiconductors would be likely to benefit the People’s Liberation Army.

A report last month by SOS International, a defense contractor in Reston, Va., said that SMIC has a variety of ties to China’s defense sector, including an ongoing relationship with CETC, a state-owned developer of military electronics.

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