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U.S. considers blacklisting China’s largest chipmaker as tech tensions escalate


Integrated circuits on a circuit board. The semiconductor industry has been in focus during the U.S.-China trade war.

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The Trump administration is considering imposing export restrictions on Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors, according to a Defense Department spokesperson. 

The Department of Defense is in discussions over whether SMIC should be added to the Commerce Department’s entity list, which essentially restricts those companies from receiving specific goods made in the United States. The U.S. entity list now includes more than 300 China-based companies.

“DoD is currently working with the…


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