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Japan, Netherlands ‘Won’t Impose Immediate China Chip Curbs’

The US sees the participation of other top producers of chipmaking equipment as essential to making its sweeping chip export controls against China effective

A researcher plants a chip on an interface board at Tsinghua Unigroup research centre in Beijing
Chinese chip manufacturers are forecast to start work at 18 new fabs this year, and 13% year-on-year capacity growth to 8.6 million wafers per month in 2024, industry group SEMI has said.


Japan and the Netherlands will not impose immediate chip export curbs against China, following upcoming talks with the US, a person familiar with US officials’ thinking has revealed.

The White House is set to discuss its recent crackdown on exports of chip-making tools to China with Japanese and Dutch officials during upcoming visits.

The Biden administration published a sweeping set of chip export controls against China in October. These included measures to tightly restrict Chinese access to US chipmaking technology, as part of a bid to slow Beijing’s technological and military advances.


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The US sees the participation of key allies Japan and the Netherlands as essential to making the chip export controls effective. That’s because Japanese and Dutch firms Tokyo Electron and ASML are also top producers of chipmaking equipment.

However, Washington has not yet succeeded in convincing them to implement similar curbs.

Upcoming meetings between US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House on Friday and next Tuesday, respectively, will provide forums to discuss the issue, said a person briefed on US officials’ thinking.

But, “these visits will not result in immediate announcements and (are) part of our ongoing consultations on these issues,” the person cautioned.

A key Commerce department official said in October that such agreements were coming “in the near-term.”


  • Reuters, with additional editing by Vishakha Saxena


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Vishakha Saxena

Vishakha Saxena is the Multimedia and Social Media Editor at Asia Financial. She has worked as a digital journalist since 2013, and is an experienced writer and multimedia producer. As a trader and investor, she is keenly interested in new economy, emerging markets and the intersections of finance and society. You can write to her at [email protected]


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