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US strikes at the heart of China’s bid to become a tech superpower.

China had been counting on its biggest chipmaker to help the country eventually reduce its reliance on the likes of Intel  and Samsung. The United States just put those ambitions in jeopardy.

Washington announced Friday that it will require U.S. exporters to apply for a license before they can sell to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (S.M.I.C). The U.S. government claims that the chipmaker can use its tech to help China modernize its armed forces. S M I C (SIUIF) says it has no relationship with the Chinese military.

But in a statement on Sunday, the company acknowledged that while the restrictions are unlikely to hurt its short-term operations, its loftier goals are in doubt. The new U.S. rules will have “a material adverse effect” on its ability to develop highly advanced chips, it said.

That’s because Washington has said that any request to export tech needed to produce super advanced chips “will be subject to a presumption of denial” — a major problem for S M I C, which uses American-made software and equipment to create its chips.

S M I C was already facing huge hurdles as it tried to catch up to global competitors. The company remains three to five years behind industry leaders Intel, Samsung and TSMC (TSM), which are all capable of producing chips in 7-, 5- and 3- nanometer sizes.
“We think this is one of many blows to China, limiting its rise as a tech superpower,” said Phelix Lee, an equity analyst for Morningstar, in a research note published earlier this month that anticipated U.S. export restrictions.

“Although Chinese substitutes have emerged in parts of the supply chain, their specifications are typically two to three generations behind,” he pointed out in a separate report published in September.

For example, Lee wrote that he thinks it will be hard for S M I C to fully localize production of semiconductors in the 40-nanometer range, let alone ones in the 5-nanometer range that TSMC and Samsung have already commercialized.
It’s clear that investors are worried about the company’s future. S M I C’s Hong Kong-listed shares were down 0.9% to close at 18.96 Hong Kong dollars ($2.50) on Tuesday, their lowest value in more than two months. They’ve lost 4.5% since the U.S. ban was announced.

Earlier this month, the government unveiled rules that will allow the country’s chipmakers to be exempt from corporate income taxes for several years if they meet certain requirements. And Chinese President she Jinping recently said at an economic conference that the country needs to “strengthen China’s strategic tech power” so it can break a “foreign stranglehold” on key tech, according to state news agency Xinhua.
And analysts at Bernstein wrote in a Sunday research note that they expect China to bail out S M I C, if necessary.
More money may not solve the problem created by U.S. tensions, though.

The United States has “constantly abused export controls and other measures to suppress and contain specific enterprises in other countries,” ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters at a regular press briefing.
Beijing will have an opportunity to reset relations next month, when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Observers have said they expect Biden to strike a more diplomatic tone than President Donald Trump, though tensions likely won’t evaporate completely.

The Bernstein analysts said that ultimately, the Chinese government may need to make other concessions if it wants to ease the pressure on chipmakers.

“The dire situation that S M I C is in may not be totally reversed, but possibly partially alleviated,” they added.

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    • churchoftheair

      Don’t use the phrase “President Elect” with “Zhou Biden”

      • 2QIK4U

        FUK CHINA 😐🇦🇺🗡️

        • b4

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    • Razor

      INTEL = ISRAEL the company moved there years ago. It is NO LONGER American. THINK TWICE before using these processors now. ISRAEL and CHINA are BEST PALS! Just like Iran and Israel are best pals. Microsoft is also allowing Israel to CONTROL their WINDOWS software, windows 10 was Israel. China will still get the technology through Israel, so this video is misleading.

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