US on American Chip Curbs: “Trying to Choke” China’s Military Power

According to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the US would not provide the Chinese military with expensive cutting-edge semiconductors.

“We’re attempting to stifle their military might. Therefore, if people sense it, our plan is working. As she appeared on a number of Sunday talk programs, Raimondo told NBC News, “We are definitely not going to sell the most advanced American chip to China that they desire for their military capabilities.

Following months of escalating tensions between the two biggest economies in the world, Raimondo, one of the important Cabinet Members of the Biden Administration, paid a visit to China last week.

“Those chips are widely accessible everywhere and have virtually become commodities at this point. Preventing the sale of our most advanced, most potent chips to China, which China wants for its military, is what we are going to do and we will not compromise on, she said on CNN.

Raimondo called it a complicated connection that can’t truly be reduced to too general talking points.

No commerce secretary has taken China on with more vigor than I have. Under President Biden’s administration and my direction at Commerce, about a third of the Chinese firms on the entity list were added, she said.

“However, we need to draw a clear distinction between what is and is not national security. Export restrictions cannot be used to your financial advantage. So, in any case, we won’t ever offer China our most cutting-edge AI processors, which they need for their armed forces, Raimondo stated.

She is the first secretary of commerce to visit China in more than five years. She said, “We have to be realistic about what we can and can’t accomplish on a first visit,” adding that the world benefits from the US and China having a strong and substantial business partnership.

“I have spoken with members of the Chinese government at extremely high levels, including the premier, and they are aware of it. We have a ton of instruments at our disposal, including countervailing charges, export restrictions, outbound investment screening, and tariffs in my case, she added.