U.S. considers banning exports to Chinese chipmaker SMIC

A Wall Street Journal report has it that U.S. officials are considering discussing a Defense Department proposal this month to close regulatory loopholes that have allowed Chinese chipmaker SMIC to buy critical U.S. technology.

According to the report, some Commerce Department officials are trying to block the Defense Department’s proposal.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) was added to a U.S. blacklist last year.

A U.S. blacklist denies it access to advanced manufacturing equipment from U.S. suppliers due to its alleged ties to China’s military.

The report added that U.S. officials are also considering adding more Chinese technology companies to the Commerce Department’s entity list and to the Treasury list banning U.S. investment.