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US steps closer towards restricting investments in China’s AI and tech sectors

U.S. Issues Draft Rules for Banning Investments in China’s Tech Sector

The United States has taken a significant step towards protecting its national security interests by issuing draft rules for banning or requiring notification of certain investments in artificial intelligence and other technology sectors in China. The move comes in response to an executive order signed by President Joe Biden last August, which directed regulation of certain U.S. investments in semiconductors, microelectronics, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence.

The U.S. Treasury Department published the proposed rules and a list of exceptions after an initial comment period, putting the responsibility on individuals and companies in the U.S. to determine which transactions will be restricted or banned. The rules aim to prevent U.S. know-how from aiding China in developing sophisticated technology and dominating global markets.

The proposed rules will focus on China, Macau, and Hong Kong initially but could be expanded to other countries later. While the Treasury Department has included various exceptions such as publicly traded securities and certain limited partnership investments, the regulations will require increased vigilance by companies seeking to invest in China.

Violators of the rules could face criminal and civil penalties, and investments could be unwound. The Treasury has engaged with U.S. allies and partners about the goals of the investment restrictions, as they work towards preventing U.S. funds from helping China develop its own capabilities in critical technology areas.

Overall, the proposed rules seek to advance national security interests and protect sensitive technologies from being used in ways that could threaten U.S. security. Public comments on the proposed rules will be accepted until August 4th, with the regulations expected to be implemented by the end of the year.

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