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The United States will withhold from selling its high-end superconductor chips to China for military use, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo confirmed in a recent interview.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” when questioned by Chuck Todd about potential exports that might be perceived as curtailing China’s military technology, Raimondo responded, “We are trying to choke their military capacity… Certainly on my watch, we are not going to sell the most sophisticated American chip to China that they want for their military capacity.”
Following a visit to Beijing amidst heightened tensions between the two nations, Raimondo emphasized the US goal to revitalize its semiconductor industry by the decade’s end. “We need to get back into the business of actually manufacturing leading-edge chips here… And yes, we will, by the end of this decade, have regained prominence and have that deep ecosystem, including research and development, here in the US.”
In the same interview, Raimondo also mentioned a personal cyber attack she experienced from Chinese hackers before her trip, describing U.S.-China relations as “complicated.” She added, “They did hack me, which was unappreciated… I brought up many of our grievances on behalf of our national security concerns, concerns of US labor, concerns of US business.”