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US Extends China Chip Curbs to Macau Over Tech Diversion Risk

Macau has been a Special Administrative Region of China since 1999 when its Portuguese administration returned it to Chinese sovereignty

A chip factory in Japan
A chip factory in Japan. Photo: AFP


The Biden administration extended its sweeping new chip export controls to Macau, flagging the risk that advanced technology could be diverted from the region to the rest of China.

The United States in October placed restrictions on shipments of advanced chips and chipmaking equipment to Beijing, in a bid to thwart China’s military modernization and punish it for human rights abuses.

The chip curbs included controls on exports of advanced computing integrated circuits and certain semiconductor manufacturing items from anywhere across the world to China.


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Macau has been a Special Administrative Region of China since 1999 when Portuguese administration returned it to Chinese sovereignty, the rule noted. China gives Macau limited autonomy in economic and commercial relations, it added.

The Macau government information bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


  • Reuters, with additional editing by Vishakha Saxena


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Vishakha Saxena

Vishakha Saxena is the Multimedia and Social Media Editor at Asia Financial. She has worked as a digital journalist since 2013, and is an experienced writer and multimedia producer. As a trader and investor, she is keenly interested in new economy, emerging markets and the intersections of finance and society. You can write to her at [email protected]


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