Monday, February 6, 2023

Biden talks to Dutch PM about chips, Ukraine

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden praised the Netherlands for helping Ukraine while hosting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House Tuesday and asked him to limit China’s access to high-tech semiconductors.

The US government has been trying to win over the Netherlands since the Commerce Department announced controls on Chinese exports in October. The sanctions seek to limit China’s ability to source advanced chips, develop and maintain supercomputers, and make advanced semiconductors.

“We are working together on how to keep the Indo-Pacific region free and open, and clearly how to address challenges from China,” Biden announced at the beginning of the meeting.

The United States views the sanctions as necessary because China may use semiconductors to create advanced military systems, including weapons of mass destruction; violate human rights and improve the quality and accuracy of their military planning, logistics and decision-making.

However, the maximum impact of sanctions to limit China’s access will require substantial help from allies. Dutch company ASML is a major manufacturer of lithographic machines that designs and produces semiconductors. China is one of ASML’s main customers.

The US measures eased shortly after CEO Peter Weinnick announced the downgrade.

“Based on our preliminary assessment, the new restrictions do not affect regulations on lithographic equipment shipped by ASML outside the Netherlands, and we anticipate that the direct impact on total ASML shipments for all of 2023 will be limited,” he added. .

ASML announced last year that it projected total sales to be around €21 billion by 2022.

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Korder reported from The Hague, Netherlands. Correspondent Colleen Long contributed to this story.

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