The U.S., Japan and the Netherlands Mull New Restrictions on China's Tech Sector
MIN READFeb 6, 2023 | 23:03 GMT
Workers at an ASML factory move parts of a chipmaking machine before shipment in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, in 2018.
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While the United States is starting to have limited success in getting other countries to take a tougher line on China's tech sector, Washington will likely still make unilateral moves that go beyond any agreement it signs with other governments to target Chinese companies and further disrupt Beijing's tech ambitions. On Jan. 27, the United States reached a deal with the Netherlands and Japan to broaden the latter two countries' restrictions on exports of advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China, including some of the immersion lithography machines produced by the Dutch firm ASML and Japanese firm Nikon, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is allegedly also considering cutting off Chinese tech giant Huawei from all U.S. exports and U.S.-made technology, and has stopped approving licenses for companies to export to the company, according to separate reports published on Jan. 30 by Bloomberg and...