US encourages partners to limit China’s access to semiconductor technology

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US encourages partners to limit China's access to semiconductor technology
US encourages partners to limit China's access to semiconductor technology

The US administration is urging the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, and Japan to tighten limits on China’s access to semiconductor technology.

In order to strengthen restrictions on China’s access to semiconductor technology, the US administration is pressing the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, and Japan.

According to the source, the US wants Japanese companies to limit shipments to China of specialist chemicals used in chipmaking, such as photoresist.

Washington is also urging the Netherlands to prohibit semiconductor equipment maker ASML (ASML.AS) from servicing and repairing semiconductor-making equipment purchased by Chinese clients prior to sales limits imposed this year, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Tokyo and The Hague want to study the impact of their present limitations before proposing tougher measures, according to a source, which adds that U.S. Commerce Department officials broached the subject in Tokyo during an export control meeting last month.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry declined to respond to the claim, while the US Commerce Department did not respond.

According to an official from Japan’s industry ministry, the government often consults with relevant countries on export regulations.

American officials had previously expressed special alarm about China’s capacity to use sophisticated electronics and the powerful processors they enable in its rapidly expanding military.

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