Translation and Commentary: Jenny Ball
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Photo of Republican Senator Tom Cotton, Arkansas. (Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Republican senators are pressing the Biden administration to stiffen export regulations on Chinese chipmaker SMIC in order to defuse the company’s “obvious national security danger.”

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Tom Cotton and Bill Hagerty stated that the Department aimed to prevent tightening export limits for U.S. technology to SMICs. They are “disappointed” since SMIC has deep links to the Chinese military.
The legislators stated in the letter, dated January 31st, that imposing export regulations on the corporation “would eliminate a critical gap to prevent (the Chinese military) from utilizing U.S. technology to upgrade its weapons.” They questioned Raimondo if he agreed with tightening export limits.

Former President Trump’s government placed SMIC on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s export control list (trade blacklist) at the end of 2020 for allegedly supplying military services to the Chinese military.
Following SMIC’s blacklisting, U.S. vendors wishing to export highly specialized chip manufacturing equipment to SMIC will be required to apply for a special license and will be subject to strict inspection criteria.

Documents demonstrate, however, that SMIC’s suppliers have been granted licenses worth billions of dollars. Previous sources said that the licenses were given between November 2020 and April 2021, covering the Trump and Biden administrations. This shows that the corporation continues to have access to certain U.S. technologies.

According to Reuters, the Biden administration had not yet decided whether to prevent the sale of more U.S. chip manufacturing equipment to SMIC, but had raised the potential of further conversations with allies.
Raimondo told The Wall Street Journal in September that she wanted to enhance U.S. economic relations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) China and defend the importance of trading with the massive market, which irritated some CCP hawks in Congress.

In an October letter to Raimondo, 16 Republicans, including Cotton and Hagerty, voiced alarm and dissatisfaction over the Commerce Department’s reluctance to create regulations to safeguard America’s “emerging and fundamental” industries, as required under the 2018 law.

Comment: Frankenstein, the CCP monster, was produced by the U.S. and the West.

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