Non U.S. governments are more actively cooperating in U.S. efforts to restrict global semiconductor supply chains. The Wall Street Journal reports that Japan and the Netherlands have taken steps in agreeing to go along with the U.S. in restricting exports of advanced chip-manufacturing equipment to China.
The agreement is a result of the Biden administration’s effort to convince allies to implement export controls on companies with critical technologies.
The new pact has far-reaching significance because it includes blocks on key technology that is critical to the manufacture of advanced chips. The Netherlands will bar ASML Holding from selling to China some of the company’s advanced gear, and Japan will set similar limits on Nikon.
The support of the Japanese and Netherlands governments is critical to the U.S. export-control policy because of the importance of a small number of chip-manufacturing equipment makers, which include ASML, Nikon and Tokyo Electron.
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