China bans Intel and AMD processors in the state sector: Revenge for TikTok?

China has made a decision to block the use of Intel and AMD processors in government computers, Reuters reports

by Sededin Dedovic
China bans Intel and AMD processors in the state sector: Revenge for TikTok?
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The initiative to ban TikTok in the US received a blowback from China. China has banned the use of processors from the American companies Intel and AMD in computers and servers with an order directed at state institutions. This decision, as reported by Reuters, further exacerbates the already tense relations between the two superpowers in the field of technology.

However, China's moves don't just stop at hardware. The new ban also extends to software giants like Microsoft and their Windows operating system. This is part of a broader strategy by the Chinese authorities to promote domestic technological solutions in the public sector, thus directly countering China's sanctions imposed by the West in this field.

This move was preceded by the publication of a list by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology that favors domestic processor manufacturers over those of foreign origin. Although the list does not include explicit names, analysts speculate that Huawei and Phytium, a Chinese chipmaker, could be the main beneficiaries of the venture.

The response to the TikTok ban?

This Chinese decision can be seen as a direct response to the efforts of Western countries to limit or even completely ban the use of the Chinese app for sharing short videos, TikTok. Over the past year, many Western governments, citing security threats, have made significant efforts to remove the app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, from the market.

At the beginning of March this year, the situation got even worse for TikTok. The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that gives ByteDance six months to divest itself of TikTok and sell the app to a US company.

Otherwise, TikTok will be banned in the US. President Biden has signaled his willingness to sign this bill.

Legal challenges to ban TikTok

However, the planned ban on TikTok is facing criticism due to potential legal entanglements.

Free speech advocates are concerned that such a ban could run afoul of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects, among other things, freedom of speech. In light of these developments, the global technology landscape is facing an increasingly strained relationship between China and the US.

The ban on US processors and software in China's public sector, as well as the potential ban on TikTok in the US, are just the latest chapter in that trade war.

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