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US House Republicans are calling for tighter export controls on advanced chips

US House Republicans are calling for tighter export controls on advanced chips

On Friday, October 6, two senior GOP members of the United States House of Representatives urged the Biden administration to strengthen enforcement of export restrictions on advanced semiconductors to China.

A Letter Speaking to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and House Select Committee on China Mike Gallagher, National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan said recent technological advances by China’s leading semiconductor manufacturer highlighted the need for a review. Detailed regulations introduced in 2022. They emphasize the need to address what they see as deficiencies or “loopholes” in the existing rules.

A screenshot of the letter calling for tighter regulation of advanced semiconductors. Source: foreignaffairs.house.gov

The letter follows the release of Huawei Technologies’ Mate 60 Pro smartphone, which defies US sanctions and includes advanced chips made by China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

McCaul and Gallagher said in their letter: “The rules introduced on October 7 and the evolving capabilities of the SMIC highlight a dysfunctional and opaque bureaucracy that lacks insight into China’s industrial strategy, fails to understand China’s military objectives and exhibits a deficiency in technical understanding, effective measures There seems to be no determination to pick up.”

Lawmakers urged the Biden administration to modernize regulations and respond promptly to Huawei and SMIC. They encouraged the administration to block Chinese companies’ access to powerful artificial intelligence chips made available through cloud computing services.

In addition, they emphasized the importance of enforcing existing administrative regulations that impose restrictions on Chinese companies, particularly those that prevent US officials from verifying compliance with US export regulations.

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