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China Semiconductor Exports Limited by Biden Administration

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

An increasingly hostile China was hamstrung by sweeping new export controls on Oct. 7, as part of the Biden administration's efforts to rein in its defense modernization.

New export rules include a measure that restricts communist China's access to certain U.S.-made semiconductor chips, regardless of whether the chips were manufactured in the country.

In August, Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law, which is likely to be seen as a natural follow-up. Investing billions of dollars in advanced semiconductor chip manufacturing is mandated by this law.

“China is trying to move way ahead of us in manufacturing [advanced chips],” President Biden said during an Oct. 6 speech. “It’s no wonder, literally, the Chinese Communist Party actively lobbied against the CHIPS and Science Act that I’ve been pushing in the United States Congress.”

Everything from pickup trucks to hypersonic missiles is made with advanced semiconductor chips. Taiwan produces more than 60 percent of the world's chips, many with American research and design assistance.

7 October 2022


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