Tech war: China’s chip industry group asks US to undo trade restrictions for the sake of ‘millions of jobs’
- The China Semiconductor Industry Association has voiced its opposition to the US government’s decision last week to update two export-control rules
- The group urges Washington to adjust its course of action and return to trade negotiations for the ‘well-being’ of millions of semiconductor workers
China’s top trade group for the semiconductor sector chided the US for disrupting the global industry with its latest export restrictions targeting China’s chip development, asking Washington to correct its move “for the sake of millions of jobs”.
The group called the move “arbitrary” and “discriminating” in a statement issued on Thursday.
“Not only [will] such [a] unilateral measure harm further the global supply chain of the semiconductor industry, more importantly it will create an atmosphere of uncertainty,” the CSIA said in the statement written in both Chinese and English.
It urged Washington to adjust its course of action and return to trade negotiations for the “well-being of the global semiconductor industry, countless downstream industrial sectors, and millions of semiconductor workers and professionals”.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning on Saturday called the US move an abuse of trade measures that is designed to maintain the country’s “technological hegemony”.
Chinese semiconductor companies, however, have largely refrained from making public comments about the US rules.