U.S. sanctions Chinese computer makers by expanding tech battle

Beijing (AP) — The Biden administration has added seven Chinese supercomputer laboratories and manufacturers to the US export blacklist in a widespread conflict with Beijing over technology and security.

The action announced Thursday is the latest sign that President Joe Biden is sticking to the strict policies his predecessor Donald Trump has taken towards China’s tech industry, which Washington sees as a potential threat. ..

This decision has spurred heightened conflict over the ruling Communist Party’s industrial plans, access to American technology, and accusations of computer attacks and theft of corporate secrets.

The latest penalties are preventing researchers and manufacturers from accessing US technology, the Commerce Department said would build supercomputers for Chinese troops to develop weapons.

Biden said he wanted a better relationship with Beijing, but did not suggest that Trump would withdraw the sanctions it imposed on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and other companies.

The Communist Party responded by declaring that accelerating efforts to turn China into a self-sustaining “technical force” is a top priority economic priority this year.

Designed in China, supercomputers set speed records, but are assembled from US-provided processor chips and other hardware. They can be used for weapons development by simulating the aerodynamics of nuclear explosions and high speed or stealth aircraft and missiles.

The latest US penalties affect the National Supercomputing Centers, Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center and Sunway Microelectronics in the cities of Jinan, Shenzhen, Wuxi and Zhengzhou.

Meanwhile, US telecommunications regulators are in the process of depriving three Chinese telcos of their right to do business in the United States.

Trump also attempts to force Chinese owners of video service TikTok to sell U.S. units and bans investment in securities by companies that the Pentagon considers to be related to the Chinese military. I issued an order.