On April 14, Taiwan said its chip companies would follow US rules after Washington added seven Chinese supercomputer entities to the economic blacklist last week. In addition, a chip maker based in Taipei has also suspended an order from one of these Chinese entities.
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The US Department of Commerce said 7 manufacturers were added to the Entity List “Involves the construction of supercomputers used by the Chinese military forces in an attempt to modernize the military destabilizing and / or the weapons of mass destruction programs.”
New entities to be blacklisted include: Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, Shanghai High Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, Jinan National Supercomputer Center, Shenzhen National Supercomputer Center, Wuxi National Supercomputer Center and Zhengzhou National Supercomputer Center. These companies are required to obtain a permit from the US Department of Commerce and face strict scrutiny when applying for permission to accept items from US suppliers.
The US move comes amid growing tensions between this great power and China over Taiwan. China has never given up on the use of force to take over the island under this democratic regime.
At the same time, the global shortage of semiconductors and the invisible situation has pushed Taiwan into the center of the technology supply chain.
Taiwan’s technology companies have always played the role of major global suppliers of semiconductors. US Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said they would obey the rules of Taiwan and the United States.
“Our companies, whether manufacturers or exporters, have to abide by the rules of our country. Of course, the US has new rules and our companies will pay attention to and adhere to the key criteria in US rules, “ Ms. Wang told reporters.
On Tuesday (April 13), Taiwan’s Alchip Technologies Ltd said it had stopped producing all of the Tianjin Phytium Information Technology related products, which were on the US blacklist.
Last year, 39% of Alchip Technologies Ltd’s revenue came from Tianjin Phytium Information Technology. The company revealed that they are collecting “Detailed documentation for our US attorneys to determine if there are products that are subject to the restrictions under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)”.
US Department of Industry and Security also “Will apply for licenses for Tianjin Phytium Information Technology products if necessary,” company representative added.
In addition, Hong Kong’s SCMP newspaper reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, has also suspended new orders from Information Technology. news Tianjin Phytium.
Minh Ngoc (Reuters)