Chinese tech blacklist: The 7 firms that have just been banned by the U.S.

The U.S. government placed 7 Chinese entities on an export black list because it says they are building “supercomputers used by military actors”. It means U.S companies can’t produce technology components for the entities without a license.

The new Chinese tech blacklist additions is the first move of its kind by the Biden administration, as the President talks tough on outcompeting China.

The 7 companies are:

  • Tianjin Phytium Information Technology
  • Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center
  • Sunway Microelectronics
  • National Supercomputing Center Wuxi
  • National Supercomputing Center Shenzhen
  • National Supercomputing Center Wuxi
  • National Supercomputing Center Zhengzhou.

“Supercomputing capabilities are vital for the development of many – perhaps almost all – modern weapons and national security systems, such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic weapons. The Department of Commerce will use the full extent of its authorities to prevent China from leveraging U.S. technologies to support these destabilizing military modernization efforts,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina M. Raimondo in a statement.