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Biden Administration Weighs Further Curbs on Sales of A.I. Chips to China

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The additional restrictions, if adopted, “will result in a permanent loss of opportunities for the U.S. industry to compete and lead in one of the world’s largest markets,” said Nvidia CFO Colette Kress.

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The Biden administration is weighing additional curbs on China's ability to access critical technology, including restricting the sale of high-end chips used to power artificial intelligence, according to five people familiar with the deliberations.

The curbs would clamp down on the sales to China of advanced chips made by companies like Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices and Intel, which are needed for the data centers that power artificial intelligence.

Biden officials have said that China's artificial intelligence capabilities could pose a national security threat to the United States by enhancing Beijing's military and security apparatus. Among the concerns is the use of A.I. in guiding weapons, carrying out cyber warfare and powering facial recognition systems used to track dissidents and minorities.

But such curbs would be a blow to semiconductor manufacturers, including those in the United States, who still generate much of their revenue in China.


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