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Experts: What will China win out of U.S. latest GPU chip ban?

The U.S. once again ordered to ban exports of chips to China, this time involving sophisticated chips of graphics processing units (GPUs), insiders said the move is to further restrict China's technological strength.

China, of course, is firmly against such hegemony act, yet the developing country with growing high-tech know-hows and applications in the field is not all pessimistic about the future.

Chip designer Nvidia Corp said on Wednesday that U.S. officials told it to stop exporting two top computing chips for AI work to China. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Nvidia stated that the U.S. government on August 26 informed it about a new license requirement for future exports to the Chinese mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of its A100 and forthcoming H100 integrated circuits.

One day later, it then announced that the U.S. government had allowed exports and tech transfer needed to complete the development of the H100 chip. The U.S. officials also authorized the company to perform exports needed to provide support for U.S. customers of A100 through March 1, 2023, and allowing it to fulfil orders of the chips via its HKSAR facility through September 1, 2023.

Additionally, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), received new license requirements that will stop its MI250 AI chips from being exported to China, Reuters reported, while the company did not respond to a request for comment on whether it received a similar authorization.

China firmly against U.S. chip ban Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Thursday at a routine press briefing that the U.S. move is typical "sci-tech hegemony".

"With its technological advantages, the U.S. has been abused the concept of national security and its state power to crack down the development of emerging economies and developing countries," said Wang.

"The move violates market economy principles, harms international economic and trade orders and disrupts the stability of global industrial and supply chains. China firmly rejects it." Wang also criticizes the U.S. of politicizing, instrumentalizing and weaponizing sci-tech and business issues, engaging in technological blockade to push for decoupling in a bid to monopolize advance technologies and maintain its sci-tech hegemony, and harming close global industrial and supply chains. "Such moves will not succeed."

In addition, Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesperson Shu Jueting said on the same day that U.S. move hurts not only the legitimate rights of Chinese firms but also the interests of U.S. firms. She urged the western country to correct its mistakes immediately and fairly treat companies from all countries, including Chinese companies, so as to do things conducive to global economic stability.


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