The United States continues to suppress Chinese technology, and this time it is targeting the mainframe computers feeding the Chinese military. Department of Commerce added seven supercomputer companies and organizations to its list of entities, prohibiting US companies from providing equipment or doing business in any other way. They build supercomputers that help “destabilize” military modernization efforts, nuclear weapons and hypersonic technologyUS officials said.
Targeted outfits include Sunway, Shanghai High Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center and Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, as well as high performance computing centers in Jinan, Shenzhen, Wuxi and Zhengzhou.
It is not yet clear how China will react in addition to the anger. It has taken steps to reduce its reliance on U.S. technology through domestic production, but U.S. trade bans have limited these efforts. Many factories producing advanced chips are located outside of mainland China and often rely in part on American technology, leaving the country with little choice but to invest heavily in domestic production or to use US technology. obsolete manufacturing techniques.
Unlike similar bans imposed on companies like Huawei and DJI, no accusation of espionage or human rights violations justifies this decision. It is strictly a question of curbing the technological development of the Chinese army. That said, it’s worth noting that supercomputer trade bans are seen as important policy tools – it’s not just factories or the guns themselves that cause concern.