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US blacklist China’s largest chip manufacturer SMIC | NOW

US blacklist China's largest chip manufacturer SMIC | NOW

The US government is said to have blacklisted SMIC, China’s largest chip maker. The British business newspaper reports Financial Times Saturday based on a non-public government document.

In it, the US Department of Commerce would write that there is an “unacceptable risk” that goods delivered to SMIC could be used for Chinese military purposes.

The American sanction makes it difficult for SMIC – which stands for Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation – to do business with American companies.

The company still uses American products to make its chips. As a result of the measure, American companies would now need a license in order to be able to supply SMIC.

The chip maker goes in an answer Financial Times I know they were not informed by the US and do not stress any ties to the Chinese military.

Earlier this month it was reported that the US government was planning to blacklist SMIC.