U.S. to curb more tech exports to keep chips from China military -sources

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The United States is expected to announce new measures this week preventing Chinese companies from accessing high-performance computing technology, three people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The measures would be aimed at cutting off China’s access to advanced semiconductor technology, the sources said. The New York Times was first to report that new restrictions could kick in as soon as this week, adding that Washington also plans to limit the sale of US-made microchips to China’s most powerful supercomputer and data center projects. .

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the Commerce Department declined to comment.

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Reuters reported last month that the Biden administration planned in October to expand restrictions on U.S. shipments to China of semiconductors used for artificial intelligence and chipmaking tools.

The rules are part of an intensified effort by the United States to control technology that could support the Chinese military. As National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said last month in a speech that touched on China and Russia, technology export controls “can be a new strategic asset in the United States and an ally’s toolkit. to impose costs on opponents, and even over time degrade their abilities on the battlefield. “

With technologies such as advanced logic and memory chips, Sullivan said, “we need to maintain as wide a lead as possible,” he added.

Reuters reported in August that the United States was considering limiting shipments of chipmaking equipment to memory chipmakers in China, including Yangtze Memory Technologies Co Ltd (YMTC).

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Reporting by Karen Freifeld, David Shepardson and Alexandra Alper; Additional reporting by Paul Grant and Kanishka Singh; Editing by Mark Porter and Josie Kao

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