U.S. Secretary of Commerce warns Chinese companies not to help Russian skirt sanctions

Washington, DC-March 3: US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo speaks to reporters by US President Joe Biden before the White House Cabinet Office begins on March 3, 2022 in Washington, DC. I’m listening. Today, President Biden spoke with fellow quad leaders, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida about a safe video call to discuss the war in Ukraine. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

On March 8, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo keeps Chinese companies from violating trade sanctions against Russia by supplying chips and other supplies to the warring states needed to maintain the war effort with Ukraine. I frankly warned. Companies that do not comply with sanctions can be “essentially closed,” she said.

Lymond, interview Russia, along with the New York Times, said it would “surely open courts in other countries to circumvent our sanctions and export restrictions,” but urged companies not to cooperate with such workarounds. I issued an ultimatum.

The Secretary of Commerce emphasized that the Biden administration could easily shut down China’s largest chip maker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), and other companies that make technology available in Russia, meaning from the company’s own perspective. He added that there was no such thing. Ignore US sanctions.

“They have their own selfishness not to supply such things to Russia, so they are not doing it because of their goodness. China’s ability to produce these chips Will have a devastating blow, “Rymond said.

In response to Russia’s aggression, the United States, along with its allies, imposed a series of export restrictions on Moscow with the aim of blocking the flow of advanced technology to support the country’s military. Restrictions were imposed not only on technologies such as chips, but also on foreign products used in the manufacture of software, design drawings and electronic devices.

“Russia’s actions are an imminent risk to the people of Ukraine, but they pose a real threat to democracy around the world. Resolutely, by working closely with allies and partners, the United States is democratically elected. I will send you a clear message today that I will not tolerate Russia’s attack on the government. ” Said In a statement on February 24th announcing the restrictions.

China’s telecommunications giant Huawei has been blamed for US sanctions imposed for national security reasons in 2020. Restrictions on separating the company from advanced semiconductors made with US technology have crippled the company’s smartphone business and are now largely locked out of the global smartphone market.

Michael Washburn


Michael Washburn is a New York-based reporter covering topics related to China. He has a background in legal and financial journalism and also writes about art and culture. In addition, he hosts the weekly podcast “Reading the Globe.” His books include “Uprooted Stories,” “When We Adult,” and “Stranges, Strangers.”