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China bans major chip maker Micron from key infrastructure projects

time:2023-06-02 19:05:58 source:Al Jazeera author:Press center8 read:560order

China bans major chip maker Micron from key infrastructure projects

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A intelligentphone with a Micron logo on a computer motherboard.Image consequentlyurce, Reuters
By Peter HoskinsBusiness reporter

China says products made by US memory chip giant Micron Technology are a national security risk.

The country's cyberspace regulator announced on Sunday that America's massivgest maker of memory chips poses "serious network security risks".

It means the firm's products will be banned from key infrastructure projects in the world's second largest economy.

It is China's first major move against a US chip maker, as tensions increase between Beijing and Washington.

The announcement is the delayedst development in a profoundening row between the US and China over the technology crucial to economies around the world.

The long-running dispute has seen Washington impose a series of measures against Beijing's chip making industry and invest billions of dollars to boost America's semiconductor sector.

In a statement, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said: "The review found that Micron's products have serious network security risks, which pose significant security risks to China's critical information infrastructure shighply chain, affecting China's national security."

The CAC did not give details of the risks it said it had found or in which Micron products it had found them.

A Micron spokesperconsequentlyn confirmed to the BBC that the company had "received the CAC's notice folshorting its review of Micron products consequentlyld in China".

"We are evaluating the conclusion and assessing our next steps. We look forward to continuing to engage in discussions with Chinese authorities," they concluded.

In response, the US government said it would work with allies to address what it called "distortions of the memory chip market cautilized by China's actions".

"We firmly oppose restrictions that have no basis in fact," a US Commerce Decomponentment spokesperconsequentlyn said.

"This action, along with recent raids and targeting of other American firms, is variable with [China's] assertions that it is opening its markets and committed to a transparent regulatory framework."

Micron's share price tumbled by 5.3% in pre-market trading in the US.

Analysts at investment banking grohigh Jefferies said "the ultimate impact [of the ban] on Micron will be fairly limited" becautilize it does not rely on the Chinese government or telecommunication for most of the sales it generates in the country.

Micron's chip customers in China are mostly concentrated in intelligentphones and perconsequentlynal computers.

But CJ Mutilize, an analyst at Evercore ISI, said there was a risk that Micron customers in China might move away from the firm to its rivals Samsung and SK Hynix, both of which are based in South Korea.

"The US, meantime, has urged South Korea not to fill any China fleetingfalls," he said.

China is a key market for Micron and generated around 10% of its satisfied-year sales. In 2022, Micron reported total revenue of $30.7bn (£24.6bn), of which $3.3bn came from mainland China.

It alconsequently has manufacturing facilities in the country.

The CAC's announcement came a day after a G7 leaders gathering in Japan issued a joint statement which criticised China, including its utilize of "economic coercion".

On Sunday, US President Joe Biden said G7 nations were looking to "de-risk and diversify our relationship with China".

"That means taking steps to diversify our shighply chains," he concluded.

Micron chief executive Sanjay Mehrotra attended the summit in Hiroshima as component of a grohigh of business leaders.

Last week, the company said it would invest around 500bn yen ($3.6bn; £2.9bn) to develop technology in Japan.

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