US Govt Concerns Over AMD's Participation in China Supercomputing Programs

Sam Reynolds filed this request with the Department of Commerce of the United States of America.
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DOC-OS-2019-000530

DOC-OS-2019-000530, DOC-OS-2019-000839

DOC-OS-2019-000530

DOC-OS-2019-000839

DOC-OS-2019-000530

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From: Sam Reynolds


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd, Haiguang Microelectronics Co. Ltd, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit Design Co., Ltd (Hygon), China Academy of Sciences

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD licensing its server CPU called EPYC to Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co to create the Hygon Dhyana server CPU

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents related to concerns US Govt officials might have had about AMD breaching US export restrictions to China regarding AMD products being used to support China's nuclear weapons research (or any other prohibited activity)

-Secretary briefing notes about US-China trade war and national security implications regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China and participation via its local partners in China's supercomputing programs

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sam Reynolds

From: Department of Commerce

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=DOC-OS-2019-000530&type=request)
* Tracking Number: DOC-OS-2019-000530
* Requester Name: Sam Reynolds
* Date Submitted: 01/25/2019
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd, Haiguang Microelectronics Co. Ltd, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit Design Co., Ltd (Hygon), China Academy of Sciences

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD licensing its server CPU called EPYC to Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co to create the Hygon Dhyana server CPU

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents related to concerns US Govt officials might have had about AMD breaching US export restrictions to China regarding AMD products being used to support China's nuclear weapons research (or any other prohibited activity)

-Secretary briefing notes about US-China trade war and national security implications regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China and participation via its local partners in China's supercomputing programs

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sam Reynolds

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Sam Reynolds

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

Thanks

Sam Reynolds

From: Department of Commerce

See attached.

From: Department of Commerce

The FOIA request - DOC-OS-2019-000839 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: DOC-OS-2019-000839
* Requester: Sam Reynolds
* Submitted Date: 03/05/2019
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd, Haiguang Microelectronics Co. Ltd, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit Design Co., Ltd (Hygon), China Academy of Sciences

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD licensing its server CPU called EPYC to Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co to create the Hygon Dhyana server CPU

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents related to concerns US Govt officials might have had about AMD breaching US export restrictions to China regarding AMD products being used to support China's nuclear weapons research (or any other prohibited activity)

-Secretary briefing notes about US-China trade war and national security implications regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China and participation via its local partners in China's supercomputing programs

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sam Reynolds

From: Department of Commerce

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request DOC-BIS-2019-000530
Dear Mr. Sam Reynolds:
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act Request to the Department of Commerce for information regarding "Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd, Haiguang Microelectronics Co. Ltd, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit Design Co., Ltd (Hygon), China Academy of Sciences; Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD licensing its server CPU called EPYC to Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co to create the Hygon Dhyana server CPU; Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents related to concerns US Govt. officials might have had about AMD breaching US export restrictions to China regarding AMD products being used to support China's nuclear weapons research (or any other prohibited activity); Secretary briefing notes about US-China trade war and national security implications regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China and participation via its local partners in China's supercomputing programs."
Your request was reassigned from the Department of Commerce (DOC) Office of Secretary (OS) to the Bureau of Inudstry and Security (BIS).
Please find attached Fee Estimate letter and respond to us by May 3, 2019.
Thank you
BIS EFOIA Office

From: Sam Reynolds

Hello,

I would like to clarify two things:

1) I would like to refine this search primarily to the Bureau of Industry and Security
2) I would like to refine the search by defining "Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents" to mean "briefing notes prepared on this topic for the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security" "emails to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security and supporting staff" plus supporting documents for those two.

Please let me know, as I believe this narrows down the request substantially.

Thanks,

Sam Reynolds

From: Department of Commerce

Mr. Reynolds:

We are in receipt of your request for:

"-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd, Haiguang Microelectronics Co. Ltd, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit Design Co., Ltd (Hygon), China Academy of Sciences

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents regarding AMD licensing its server CPU called EPYC to Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co to create the Hygon Dhyana server CPU

-Briefing notes, emails, or any other documents related to concerns US Govt officials might have had about AMD breaching US export restrictions to China regarding AMD products being used to support China's nuclear weapons research (or any other prohibited activity)

-Secretary briefing notes about US-China trade war and national security implications regarding AMD's Joint Ventures in China and participation via its local partners in China's supercomputing programs."

In order for us to expeditiously complete our search, we need you to define the date range for the materials you are seeking. Please inform us of the start and end dates for which you desire the specified records.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the above.

If clarification of your request or other communication is not received within 30 calendar days from the date of this letter, your FOIA request will be closed with no further action on our part.

Steven Gitelman
FOIA/PA Analyst (Contractor)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
202-482-8294
Sgitelman1@doc.gov

From: Department of Commerce

See attached

From: Sam Reynolds

Hello,

Thank you for the response.

Start date: Dec 1 2014

End date: Dec 31 2017

Sam

From: Sam Reynolds

Hello,

Following up on this request.

Given the interest in the topic from the recent press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tried-to-stop-china-acquiring-world-class-chips-china-got-them-anyway-11561646798?mod=trending_now_3 I would like this to be expedited.

Note, the original request was submitted in Jan. A clarification was sent in March. It is now late June.

Sam

From: Department of Commerce

Please see the attached correspondence.

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