The U.S Commerce Department announced on Thursday that it was adding seven supercomputing entities from China to the U.S economic blacklist. The companies were added due to concerns they aided Chinese military efforts.
The Commerce Department is adding Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, the National Supercomputing Center Jinan, the National Supercomputing Center Zhengzhou, and Sunway Microelectronics to the blacklist.
The Commerce Department explained that the seven companies were “involved with building supercomputers used by China’s military actors, its destabilizing military modernization efforts, and/or weapons of mass destruction programs.”
“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,” explains Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in a statement.
Companies listed on the U.S Entity List must apply for a license from the Commerce Department or they face stringent scrutiny when attempting to receive goods from American suppliers. The changes affect the companies immediately but don’t apply to any goods already en route to China.
The U.S added many Chinese companies to the economic blacklist during the Trump administration including Huawei Technologies and SMC.