China's top nuclear weapons research institute has been buying sophisticated American computer chips for the past two and a half years, circumventing decades-old American export restrictions. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal reviewed procurement documents, finding that China's state-run Academy of Engineering Physics has been able to obtain semiconductors produced by American companies such as Intel Corp. since 2020. and Nvidia Corp., despite being blacklisted by the US for exports in 1997.
Some were purchased as components for computing systems, many by the institute's laboratory studying computational fluid dynamics, a broad scientific field that includes modeling nuclear explosions.
The findings underscore the challenge facing the Biden administration as it seeks to more aggressively counter the Chinese military's use of American technology. In October, the United States expanded the scope of export rules to prevent China from obtaining the most advanced American chips and chip-making tools that power artificial intelligence and supercomputers that are increasingly essential to modern warfare.
China exports millions of chips from Dutch companies to Russia to circumvent sanctions. This is stated in the investigation of the Dutch publication NOS.