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U.S. Seeks to Limit Investments in China’s AI and Technology Sectors

Proposed Regulations on US Investments in Semiconductors and Microelectronics, AI and Quantum Computing

The United States has recently proposed regulations aimed at preventing specific Chinese investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and other technological sectors that could pose a threat to national security. President Joe Biden’s executive order, released last week, focuses on restricting access to US funding for cutting-edge technology that could enhance the military, surveillance, and cyber capabilities of countries of concern.

China, Hong Kong, and Macau have been identified as nations of concern in the directive, with the regulation specifically targeting investments in semiconductors, microelectronics, AI, and quantum computing. The Biden administration’s goal is to prevent US resources from aiding China in developing advanced technology and dominating international markets.

Since China is the world’s second-largest economy, the US government has been working to impede China’s technological advancements that could give it a military edge or market dominance, especially in sectors like electric vehicles. The draft regulations are open to public feedback until August 4, with expectations of implementation by the end of the year.

Exceptions to the regulations may apply in cases such as syndicated debt financings, buyouts of country-of-concern ownership, certain types of financial transactions, and pre-existing binding commitments. The US Treasury has also indicated that transactions involving third countries that address national security concerns may be exempt. While the initial focus is on China, Hong Kong, and Macau, the scope of the order may expand in the future.

Overall, the regulations reflect the US government’s efforts to safeguard national security interests and prevent potential adversaries from accessing critical technology through strategic investments.

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