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US Seen Weighing Ban on Key Exports to China Chipmaker SMIC

Washington is also allegedly considering adding more tech firms to the Commerce department’s entity list and to the Treasury list banning US investment

Former TSMC exec says joining SMIC was a 'foolish' move.
SMIC, China’s largest chipmaker, is among Chinese firms banned from receiving US investment due to suspected ties to defence or surveillance technology. Photo: AFP.


US officials are considering discussing a defence department proposal this month to close regulatory loopholes that have allowed a large Chinese chipmaker to buy critical American technology, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Some Commerce department officials are trying to block the proposal, the Journal added, citing people familiar with the matter.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) was added to a US blacklist last year that denies it access to advanced manufacturing equipment from US suppliers due to its alleged ties to China’s military, claims that the company rejects.

SMIC, China’s largest contract chipmaker, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

In the coming months, US officials are also considering adding more Chinese technology companies to the Commerce Department’s entity list and to the Treasury list banning US investment, the Journal added.

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about forced labour.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Kevin Hamlin








Kevin Hamlin

Kevin Hamlin is a financial journalist with more than 40 years of experience covering Asia. Before joining Asia Financial, Kevin worked for Bloomberg News, spending 12 years as Senior China Economy Reporter in Beijing. Prior to that, he was Asia Bureau Chief of Institutional Investor for ten years.


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