Samsung Electronics has been granted an exception that will allow it to continue to at least temporarily maintain memory chip production facilities in China, a Biden administration official says, a week after the United States tightened export rules for China, limiting its ability to progress. computer chips.
The official, who was not authorized to comment and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Samsung had received a license for equipment needed to maintain existing facilities but not to export banned chips.
The US Commerce Department declined to comment specifically on Samsung’s exemption, citing agency rules. But in a prepared statement, the department said companies can apply for clearances on a case-by-case basis to help mitigate supply chain issues.
The Bureau of Industry and Commerce Security was scheduled to hold a public briefing on the rule on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that Samsung had obtained the temporary license. Samsung is based in South Korea.
Beijing has lambasted the latest US for its tightened export controls that make it harder for China to obtain and manufacture advanced computer chips, calling it a violation of international economic and trade rules that will ‘isolate and backfire’ against the United States.
The United States said the export controls were added as part of ongoing efforts to protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.
US-China relations have deteriorated in recent years due to technology and security issues. The United States has implemented a series of measures and restrictions designed to prevent China from obtaining chip technology, while China has earmarked billions for investment in semiconductor production.