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Trade war

US expands China blacklist to supercomputers and AMD partners

Two sides battle over next-gen machines vital to nuclear, space and biotech

AMD was not considering new technology transfers to its Chinese partner, CEO Lisa Su told the Nikkei Asian Review in May.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday added five Chinese entities -- including supercomputer manufacturer Sugon and two Chinese joint ventures with American semiconductor company AMD -- to its export-ban list, broadening restrictions on U.S. high-tech exports to China.

State-backed Sugon, who supplies to the Chinese government, as well as the country's defense and energy sectors, is one of the world's leading players in supercomputers. The Shanghai-listed company's products are used in data centers around the country as China advances its cloud computing and artificial intelligence ambitions.

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