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China’s SMIC facing delays on some US-made supplies

SMIC warned that it faced an uncertain risk from China's continuing Covid-19 outbreaks and associated lockdowns. Photo: Reuters

China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) is facing delays in getting US-made equipment, parts and materials, the Global Times newspaper reported on Thursday, after Washington imposed export restrictions against the firm. 

SMIC, China’s largest contract chipmaker, has been among several Chinese tech firms including Huawei Technologies that have been targeted by the Trump Administration over national security issues. 

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In September, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security informed some firms that they need to obtain a license before supplying goods and services to SMIC because of “unacceptable risk” that such exports could be diverted to military end use. SMIC has said it has no relationship with the Chinese military. 

SMIC said it is operating normally and hopes to be able to resume normal procurement, the Global Times said. 

The chipmaker, as with competitors such as global market leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, relies heavily on equipment from suppliers based in the United States. 

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