US blacklists 7 Chinese computing entities

Chinese and American flags fly in front of an American company building in Beijing, China on January 21, 2021.

Tingshue Wang | Reuters

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department on Thursday added seven Chinese supercomputing entities to a U.S. economic blacklist citing national security concerns.

The department added Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, Shanghai High Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, National Supercomputing Center Jinan, National Supercomputing Center Shenzhen, National Supercomputing Center Wuxi and National Supercomputing Center Zhengzhou to its list. black.

The seven entities were blacklisted for “the construction of supercomputers used by Chinese military actors, its destabilizing military modernization efforts and / or its weapons of mass destruction programs.”

U.S. officials have long complained that Chinese companies are beholden to the People’s Republic of China and collect sensitive information on behalf of the People’s Liberation Army. The Chinese Communist Party has previously said it does not engage in industrial espionage.

“High-performance computing capabilities are vital to the development of many – perhaps almost all – modern weapons and national security systems, such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic weapons,” wrote US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, in a press release.

“The Commerce Department will use the full extent of its powers to prevent China from taking advantage of US technology to support these destabilizing military modernization efforts,” she added.

The new rules, which restrict US exports to the entities in question, take effect immediately. However, they do not apply to goods from US suppliers that are already en route.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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Under former President Donald Trump, the United States added a large number of Chinese companies to its economic blacklist, including the country’s leading smartphone maker Huawei, the biggest SMIC chipmaker and the biggest maker. drones, SZ DJI Technology.

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