The U.S. Secretary of Commerce asserted that China must not be allowed to catch up with the United States in the field of cutting-edge semiconductors
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Raimondo stressed on December 2 local time that the U.S. Department of Commerce needs more funding in this regard in order to ensure that China cannot catch up with the United States in the field of cutting-edge semiconductors.
According to Bloomberg, Raimondo said at the Reagan Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on the same day: "We can't give China access to these chips." We will refuse to provide them with our cutting-edge technology. ”
To achieve that goal, Raimondo said Congress needs to provide more funding to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, which regulates U.S. export controls. She stressed the need for U.S. companies to adapt to U.S. national security priorities, including the Commerce Department's export controls on semiconductor exports.
Raimondo also named American chipmaker Nvidia. She noted that Nvidia, a company that specializes in developing the most advanced chips needed for the latest generation of artificial intelligence, has developed a semiconductor with slightly lower performance than the export restrictions set by the U.S. Department of Commerce for export to China. That's how businesses work, she says, but it can be counterproductive. Reuters earlier reported, citing sources and analysts, that in response to the expansion of U.S. export control measures, Nvidia has launched three customized new chip products for the Chinese market.
"I know that some of the CEOs of semiconductor companies in this room may not be happy because they may lose out on the opportunity to make money," Raimondo said. But that's life, and protecting our national security is more important than short-term earnings." "In the long run, it pays to work with us to defend our country's national security," Raimondo said. "If you redesign the chip around a specific cut line so that they can do an AI project, I'm going to manipulate it the next day. ”
Raimondo said Washington must think about how to tighten controls and work with allies to enforce them to ensure that the United States leads the world in artificial intelligence and advanced semiconductor design. "The U.S. is a global leader in artificial intelligence and advanced semiconductor design, thanks to U.S. companies and to our public sector investments that have put us years ahead of China," Raimondo said. We can't let them catch up. "
The United States unveiled new measures in October to prevent countries such as China, Iran and Russia from receiving advanced AI chips designed by companies such as Nvidia. Raimondo also believes that communication with China will help ensure the stability of U.S.-China relations, but the United States must keep its eyes open and remain vigilant on national security issues.
In a meeting with US President Joe Biden last month, Chinese leaders pointed out that the US has continuously taken measures against China in the areas of export controls, investment reviews and unilateral sanctions, which have seriously undermined China's legitimate interests. China's development is driven by innovation, and suppressing China's science and technology is to curb China's high-quality development and deprive the Chinese people of their right to development. China's development and growth have an endogenous logic, which cannot be stopped by external forces. We hope that the US will take China's concerns seriously and take action to lift unilateral sanctions and provide a fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese companies.
Source丨AFP, Bloomberg, Lianhe Zaobao
Editor丨Duan Xiaoqing, editor-in-chief of Shenzhen Satellite TV Direct News