How high-end semiconductor chips threaten US-China relations : The Indicator from Planet Money A week before the Communist Party of China's 20th congress kicked off, the US government announced comprehensive new rules blocking China's access to advanced semiconductor chips. It's a sign the Biden Administration can't disentangle security concerns from trade with China.

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Why the US cut China off from advanced chips

Why the US cut China off from advanced chips

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An employee works in the chip manufacturing process at a clean room of the Barcelona Institute for Microelectronics (IMB-CNM) in Bellaterra, near Barcelona, on March 3, 2022.
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Advanced semiconductor chips power the kind of artificial intelligence used in supercomputers, self-driving cars and the military. The United States has been and remains the epicenter of microchip innovation, though the Chinese government has high ambitions for its country to take the number one spot.

On October 7, though, just a couple of weeks before Xi Jinping is expected to be reappointed as China's leader, the US government announced a broad ban blocking China's access to make or buy advanced semiconductor chips.

Today on the show, how we got to this colossal shift in technology trade between the US and China.

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