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Bars, restaurants, patrons all taking precautions as restrictions are eased

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Restaurants are adapting to a new normal including returning to full capacity with social distancing and masks to keep customers and employees as safe as possible.

Masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer are all still realities for those looking for a night out on the town, capacity limits at restaurants and bars are not. Bar owners say it’s another step towards recovery while others are questioning the decision to ease restrictions.

Restaurants and bars are officially operating at full capacity for the first time since March. Some say the change in restriction is too early.

“I don’t think that we should be opening restaurants at all, I don’t think it’s really smart to do full capacity right now,” says tourist Daniel Wear.

Like so many others, Wear says COVID-19 has kept him out of public settings since the pandemic began.

“My mom has pre-existing conditions, my

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SMIC has had ‘preliminary exchanges’ with U.S. over export restrictions

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation has undertaken “preliminary exchanges” with the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security regarding export restrictions, the company said on Sunday in a filing.

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A security officer stands outside a building of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) during its grand opening in Shanghai November 22, 2001./File Photo

“The Company is conducting assessments on the relevant impact of such export restrictions on the company’s production and operation activities,” the filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange said.

SMIC also said it has been operating in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of all jurisdictions where it performs its businesses.

The company also advised shareholders and potential investors “to exercise caution when dealing in the securities of the Company.”

In September, Reuters reported that the Bureau of Industry and Security under the Department of Commerce had issued letters informing

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Trade restrictions delay China hunt for Samsung and TSMC alternatives

By iwano@_84

  • The US Commerce Department issued export restrictions against SMIC.
  • These restrictions will set back China’s search for domestic alternatives to Samsung and TSMC and limit Chinese tech companies’ ability to compete in foreign markets.

The US Commerce Department issued an order requiring US companies to obtain a license to export products to SMIC, according to Reuters. The Department alleges that SMIC could be supplying components to China’s military; however, representatives of SMIC deny this, claiming that the company only manufactures semiconductors for civilian and commercial end-users. 

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US export restrictions against SMIC will set back China’s search for domestic alternatives to Samsung and TSMC.

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The export restrictions will make it particularly difficult for SMIC to obtain foundry equipment, setting back China’s efforts to develop a domestic alternative to Samsung and TSMC. Samsung and TSMC currently operate the only foundries in the world capable of manufacturing 7nm chips. The

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US sets restrictions on China’s biggest chipmaker, citing military fears

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US wariness of Chinese tech firms was underlined again Friday, when the Commerce Department sent a letter to companies in the states reportedly telling them they must get a license before exporting certain goods to China’s largest chipmaker, because of concerns about military use of technology.



a traffic light hanging off the side of a building: The Beijing branch of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation. Su Weizhong/Getty Images


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The Commerce Department said in the letter that exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation “may pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use in the People’s Republic of China,” according to a Saturday report by The New York Times.

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Last year, the US placed restrictions on companies selling gear to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei , over concerns about Huawei’s relationship with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies.

And popular video app TikTok,

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US tightens trade restrictions on Chinese chipmaker SMIC

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The US Commerce Department has added China’s largest chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), to its entity list, after it determined there an “unacceptable risk” that equipment SMIC received could be used for military purposes, Reuters reported.



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The move blocks US computer chip companies from exporting technology to SMIC without an export license. SMIC is the latest major Chinese firm to be put on the entity list; the Trump administration added phone manufacturer Huawei to the list in 2019.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the Commerce Department wrote in a letter to the computer chip industry on Friday that exporting products to SMIC would “pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use in the People’s Republic of China.”

In April, the administration tightened export rules on shipping goods to China. It claims it’s seeking to

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U.S. Places Restrictions on China’s Leading Chip Maker

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s most advanced maker of computer chips, a measure that could deepen the technology conflict between China and the United States.

In a letter on Friday, the Department of Commerce told American companies in the chip industry that they must first acquire a license to sell technology to SMIC and its subsidiaries. The department said it was taking the action after a review in which it determined that the Chinese company “may pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use in the People’s Republic of China.”

The measure, which could cut SMIC off from the American software and other technology it needs to make its products, comes as the Trump administration takes a harsher stance against Chinese technology companies that it has deemed a national security threat. The administration has clamped

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Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

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