According to Reuters, the U.S. government will expand restrictions on U.S. shipments of semiconductors for artificial intelligence and chipmaking tools to China. 

The U.S Department of Commerce plans to release new regulations based on letters that communicated to three American firms, including KLA Corp., Lam Research Corp., and Applied Materials Inc.

The Department prohibited those firms from exporting chipmaking equipment to Chinese factories that make 14-nanometer or more advanced semiconductors unless the sellers get licenses from the agency. 

The new rules also codify the recent restrictions on Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) that banned them from exporting advanced chips for artificial intelligence to China.

A spokesperson for the Department of Commerce on Friday, September 8, said that it is “taking a comprehensive approach to implement additional actions…to protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.”

Earlier this month, the U.S. government ordered California-based chip designer Nvidia to stop exporting two top computing chips for artificial intelligence to China as Washington attempts to restrict its cutting-edge technology to its rival.

The move is seen as Washington’s latest crackdown on technology exports to China as the tension between the two superpowers has intensified in recent years.  

Reuters also reported that U.S. officials have reached out to its allies to tell them to impose similar bans on China. Such efforts would ban foreign companies from exporting major technologies to the communist regime.

Not just in technology alone, the U.S. has repeatedly banned American firms from investing in Chinese companies that support the regime’s military.

In 2020, President Trump blacklisted 31 Chinese firms identified by the Department of Defense as “Communist Chinese military companies.”

The list included China’s state-run aerospace firms or technology and telecommunication companies like Huawei and China Telecommunications Corp, among others.In 2021, President Biden expanded the list to 59 Chinese firms on U.S. investment ban.

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