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The underground network sneaking Nvidia chips into China

The underground network sneaking Nvidia chips into China
Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang speaking at the Computex expo in Taiwan. (Image: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty)
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A 26-year-old Chinese student in Singapore was packing suitcases last autumn to return home for a holiday. Besides his clothes and shoes, his luggage included six of Nvidia’s advanced artificial intelligence chips.A connection from college asked him to bring the chips because the US restricted their export to China. Each chip was roughly the size of a Nintendo Switch game console, and the student didn’t flag any suspicions at the airport. Upon arrival, the student said he was paid US$100 (NZ$163) for each chip he carried, a fra...

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