BIS adds 7 Chinese supercomputing entities to the Entity List

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added 7 Chinese entities to the Entity List for “conducting activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”. The companies are said to be involved in building supercomputers, which are used by Chinese military actors and in efforts to modernise the military, and/or weapons of mass destruction programmes. As a result, additional licence requirements will apply to exports/re-exports/transfers of controlled items to these entities, and the availability of most licence exceptions will be limited. See final rule, which comes into effect today (8 April 2021). The press release is here.

The entities are: Tianjin Phytium Information Technology; Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Centre; Sunway Microelectronics; the National Supercomputing Centre Jinan; the National Supercomputing Centre Shenzhen; the National Supercomputing Centre Wuxi; and the National Supercomputing Centre Zhengzhou.

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