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The Biden administration announced new restrictions on China’s access to US semiconductor technology, adding measures aimed at stopping Beijing’s push to develop its own chip industry and advance the country’s military capabilities. 

The Commerce Department added more names to a list of companies that it regards as “unverified," meaning it doesn’t know where their products end up being used. The 31 additions are all Chinese. That means US suppliers will face new hurdles in selling technologies to those entities.

The move is the next step in trying to break the link between Chinese companies and their country’s military and security apparatus. That conduit is seen as a possible backdoor allowing China to update its military and surveillance capabilities using US technology.

Anyone receiving the unverified designation has to submit to checks on where their products go and, while that process is ongoing, anyone who supplies them with US technology will be required to go through extra certification steps related to the use of the products.

Successfully proving they’re not breaking rules allows the companies to be removed from the list. Not doing so -- or failing to cooperate -- risks putting them on the so-called entity list, meaning that all exports to them of US technology are subject to prior approval by the Commerce Department.

Bloomberg reported this week that the administration was readying new restrictions, part of a broader strategy that also includes bolstering domestic chip production. Earlier this year, Biden signed a bill that promises to infuse about $52 billion into the US semiconductor industry.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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