Brief: U.S. Relaxes Computer Export Restrictions

The U.S. government this week announced it was further relaxing restrictions on exports of high-performance computers. The easing of the restrictions paves the way for the sale of significantly more powerful computers to customers in about 50 countries, including China and Russia, without prior government approval. Under the new regulations, U.S. vendors will be able to export computers that are twice as powerful as those they are currently allowed to sell to about 50 so-called Tier-3 countries, a category which includes India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Computer export restrictions to Tier-2 countries, including nations in Central and South America, that have closer relations with the United States, were also eased.

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