On October 6, House Republicans Make Bold Call for Tighter Semiconductors Export Controls to China

Representative Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Mike Gallagher, Chairman of the House Select Committee on China, have urgently called on the Biden administration to bolster the enforcement of export controls on advanced semiconductors to China.

Unveiling of Mate 60 Pro Triggers Concerns

The call to action comes in the wake of Huawei Technologies’ recent revelation of the Mate 60 Pro smartphone, featuring cutting-edge chips produced by China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). Despite U.S. sanctions, the incorporation of these advanced chips has raised eyebrows and prompted the need for a reevaluation of existing regulations.

McCaul and Gallagher, in their letter addressed to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, emphasized that the technological strides made by China’s leading semiconductor manufacturer underscore the necessity for revising the comprehensive regulations introduced in 2022. They pointed out what they see as deficiencies or “loopholes” in the current rules.

Call for Modernized Regulations and Swift Response

Expressing their concern, the legislators stated,

“The rules introduced on October 7 and the expanding capabilities of SMIC exemplify an inert and opaque bureaucratic system that lacks insight into China’s industrial strategy, fails to comprehend China’s military objectives, and exhibits a deficiency in technological comprehension. Additionally, it seems to lack the determination to take effective action.”

The lawmakers urged the Biden administration to modernize regulations promptly, responding decisively to Huawei and SMIC. They also advocated for terminating Chinese firms’ access to powerful artificial intelligence chips available through cloud computing services.

Enforcement of Existing Regulations Emphasized

Highlighting the importance of stringent enforcement, McCaul and Gallagher stressed the need to enforce the administration’s existing regulations. This includes imposing restrictions on Chinese enterprises, particularly those hindering U.S. officials from verifying compliance with U.S. export regulations.

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