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China bans Micron chips in key infrastructure over ‘national security’ risks

China has banned the sale of memory chips from Micron Technology to companies that provide "key information infrastructure." The ban is likely to escalate tensions between the United States and China.

In a move that is likely to escalate tensions between the United States and China, the Chinese government has banned the sale of memory chips from Micron Technology to companies that provide "key information infrastructure."

The ban, which was announced by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Sunday, comes after the Chinese government launched a probe into Micron in April for alleged cybersecurity risks.

Micron, which is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is one of the world's largest memory chip manufacturers. The company's products are used in a wide range of devices, including computers, smartphones, and servers.

The CAC did not specify what cybersecurity risks it found with Micron's products, but it did cite China's Cybersecurity Law, which took effect in 2016. The law gives the Chinese government broad powers to regulate the internet and to restrict access to foreign technology.

The ban on Micron chips could have a significant impact on the Chinese tech industry. Micron is a major supplier of memory chips to Chinese companies, including Huawei and Xiaomi.

The ban is also likely to further strain relations between the United States and China. The two countries have been engaged in a trade war for the past two years, and the ban on Micron chips is just the latest example of the growing tensions between the two countries.

The ban is a clear sign that China is determined to reduce its reliance on foreign technology. In recent years, China has been investing heavily in its own semiconductor industry, and the ban on Micron chips is part of that effort.

The ban is also a warning to other foreign companies that do business in China. The Chinese government is increasingly willing to use its regulatory power to restrict access to foreign technology.

It remains to be seen how the ban on Micron chips will be implemented. The CAC has not said when the ban will go into effect, or how it will be enforced.

However, the ban is a clear sign that China is willing to take steps to protect its national security, even if it means harming its own economy.

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