US to expand sanctions on Russian semiconductor chip sales

  • US to announce expanded sanctions targeting Russia’s semiconductor imports.
  • New measures to include US-branded goods and identify Hong Kong entities.
  • G7 summit to prioritise support for Ukraine and disarmament of Russian forces.
  • US officials frustrated with China’s trade with Russia, aiding Moscow’s war efforts.

In a world increasingly defined by technological advancement, it is our responsibility to ensure that innovation serves the cause of peace. The expanded sanctions are a heartfelt effort to use technology for good, to prevent suffering, and to support a future where peace prevails.
Dudu, BTW Reporter

The United States is set to announce expanded sanctions on semiconductor chips and other goods to Russia on Wednesday, aiming to curb third-party sales from China. Sources familiar with the plan revealed this move late on Tuesday.

Broadening export controls

In response to Russia’s evasion of Western sanctions, the Biden administration will broaden existing export controls to include US-branded products, not just those made in the United States. Specific Hong Kong entities shipping goods to Moscow will be identified. These actions come as President Joe Biden departs for a Group of Seven (G7) summit in southern Italy, where leaders will prioritise support for Ukraine and the disarmament of Russian forces. US officials are increasingly frustrated with China’s trade with Russia, which they argue is sustaining Moscow’s war efforts.

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Opinion: Leveraging technology for peace

Expanding sanctions to include US-branded semiconductor chips is a crucial step towards leveraging technology to promote global peace. Ensuring that advanced technology does not contribute to conflict is essential. The G7 summit provides an opportunity for world leaders to come together and focus on disarmament and the protection of innocent lives. By tightening controls on semiconductor sales, we can help prevent further escalation and foster a more peaceful world.


Doris Du

Doris Du is an intern reporter at BTW Media. She graduated with a degree in Translating and Interpreting from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Send tips to

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