US bans chip-grade silicon from China, citing forced labor of Uygurs

The US government’s Department of Commerce has banned imports of silicon from Hoshine Silicon Industry, the world’s largest silicon metal producer, and four other companies in China’s Uygur region, which the US accuses of using forced labor.

Hoshine, and other banned companies, produce polysilicon which is used in computer chips. These are needed for solar energy panels but are in acutely short supply in the US and...

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Orla O'Sullivan

June 24, 2021

19:35 GMT

New York