U.S. Initiates Chinese Semiconductors’ Review to Boost National Security

U.S. Initiates Review of Chinese-Made Semiconductors for National Security
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The United States announced on Thursday that it will undertake a comprehensive review of the procurement of Chinese-made semiconductors, aiming to mitigate potential national security risks associated with China.

Focus on Legacy Chips in National Security Assessment

The Department of Commerce revealed that the review, scheduled to commence in January, will concentrate on legacy chips. These are semiconductors that may not be cutting-edge but remain crucial in various industries, including telecommunications, automotive, and defense.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo expressed concern over perceived practices by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to expand legacy chip production, making it challenging for U.S. companies to compete.

Importance of Legacy Semiconductors in Key Industries

Raimondo highlighted the significance of these semiconductors in industries vital to the U.S., emphasizing their role in telecommunications, automotive manufacturing, and the defense industrial base.

To address these concerns, the Department of Commerce plans to assess the U.S. semiconductor supply chain by gathering data from American companies. The goal is to understand their dependence on chips manufactured in China.

Strengthening Semiconductor Supply Chains

The collected information will serve as a foundation for future actions to build robust, diverse, and resilient semiconductor supply chains, according to Raimondo. The initiative aims to reduce the nation’s reliance on Chinese-made semiconductors and enhance the overall security of the semiconductor supply chain.

In a recent report, the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party emphasized the urgency of the situation. The committee urged the Commerce Department to impose import duties on legacy semiconductors from China, emphasizing the need for decisive action to prevent excessive Chinese influence over global economic dynamics. The committee called for a more assertive approach in handling competition with China.

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