US COMMERCE DEPARTMENT ADDS CHINA’S SMIC AND 76 OTHERS, INCLUDING DRONE MAKERS, TO THE ENTITY LIST

On 18 December, the US Department of Commerce announced that Chinese company Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has been added to the Entity List.  The Entity List designation limits SMIC’s ability to acquire certain US technology by requiring US exporters to apply for a license to sell to the company.   Items uniquely required to produce semiconductors at advanced technology nodes — 10 nanometers or below — will be subject to a presumption of denial to prevent such key enabling technology from supporting China’s military-civil fusion efforts.  The Department also added more than 60 other entities to the Entity List for actions deemed contrary to the national security or foreign policy interest of the US.   These include entities in China that enable human rights abuses, entities that supported the militarization and unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, entities that acquired US-origin items in support of the People’s Liberation Army’s programs, and entities and persons that engaged in the theft of US trade secrets.

https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/12/commerce-adds-chinas-smic-entity-list-restricting-access-key-enabling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/12/18/china-smic-entity-list-ban/

The Entity List can be found at –

https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/lists-of-parties-of-concern/entity-list

Click to access wp20-16.pdf

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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