LEEWAY:Washington acquiesced to companies’ calls for fewer blanket restrictions, allowing exports to China of all but the most powerful consumer graphics chips
The US plans to tighten sweeping measures to restrict China’s access to advanced semiconductors and chipmaking gear, seeking to prevent its geopolitical rival from obtaining cutting-edge technologies that could give it a military edge.
The latest rules aim to refine and close loopholes from curbs announced in October last year, people familiar with the matter said.
US President Joe Biden’s administration is seeking to strengthen controls on selling graphics chips for artificial intelligence (AI) applications and advanced chipmaking equipment to Chinese firms, the people said, asking not to be named because the rules are not yet public.
US and Chinese flags are displayed over a printed circuit board in an illustration photograph taken on Feb. 17.
The US is also to impose additional checks on Chinese firms attempting to evade export restrictions by routing shipments through other nations, and add Chinese chip design firms to a trade restriction list, requiring overseas manufacturers to gain a US license to fill orders from those companies.
The US unveiled the original chip restrictions a year ago in an aggressive attempt to curtail China’s technological development, a step the Biden administration said was necessary for national security. China has bristled at the restrictions and accelerated investments in building its own domestic capabilities.