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Seven Chinese Supercomputer Developers Added to Commerce’s Entity List; Gina Raimondo Quoted

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Gina Raimondo
Gina Raimondo Secretary Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has named to the entity list seven Chinese institutions for activities that threaten the country’s national security and foreign policy interests. The entities are supercomputer developers that support China’s military modernization and other destabilizing efforts, the department said Thursday.

“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,” said Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

“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,” Raimondo added.

The entities added to the list are Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, Tianjin Phytium Information Technology and national supercomputing centers in Jinan, Shenzhen, Wuxi and Zhengzhou.

The department’s bureau of industry and security uses the entity list as a tool to control the in-country transfer, export and re-export of products subject to the Export Administration Regulations to organizations, companies, or individuals that pose a risk to U.S. national security.