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The Wall Street Journal: White House prepping new export restrictions for semiconductors

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The Biden administration is preparing new export controls on semiconductors and the machines to make them, the latest push in its effort to deny China the ability to make the fastest, most cutting-edge circuitry possible, according to people familiar with the situation. 

The administration in recent weeks has already placed new restrictions on some U.S. exports of chips used for artificial-intelligence calculations and manufacturing equipment used to make some of the most powerful number-crunching chips. 

But more export curbs are under consideration, including ones targeting high-end memory-chip manufacturing capabilities and advanced components that go into some of the most cutting-edge chip-making tools, according to the people familiar with the matter. Advanced quantum computing is another target under discussion, they said. 

U.S. officials also have been considering adding more Chinese technology companies to the Commerce Department’s entity list, which bans exports to them without a license, The Wall Street Journal has previously reported.

The administration has been trying to line up key allies behind the effort, so that the U.S. isn’t the only country putting restrictions in place, the people said.  The administration’s actions could be announced as early as this week, one of the people said. Some details of the moves were previously reported by Reuters and the New York Times. 

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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