Japan and the Netherlands have reached an agreement with the United States to restrict China’s access to materials used in the manufacture of advanced integrated circuits, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been formally announced. At present, it is not known when the three parties will announce it. The White House declined to comment on the matter.
The Joe Biden administration imposed export controls last October to limit China’s ability to gain access to advanced chips it says could be used to manufacture weapons, violate human rights and improve security, improve its military logistics, Can be done to improve speed and accuracy. He urged allies such as Japan and the Netherlands to do the same.
Beijing has reacted with outrage, saying trade restrictions will disrupt supply chains and the global economic recovery.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said a few days ago, “We hope relevant countries will do the right thing and work together to respect the multilateral trading system and safeguard the stability of the global industrial and supply chain.” “It will also serve to protect their long-term interests.”
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Friday that officials from the Netherlands and Japan were in Washington for talks led by Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan that would cover “the security of emerging technologies”, Ukraine and other topics. Will address aid efforts.
Kirby said, “We appreciate that they were able to come to the capital of the United States of America” and that the conversation took place.
Kirby declined to say whether an agreement had been reached to impose tighter export controls on semiconductor technology. Biden met separately this month with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to push for new restrictions on export controls.
Durbin reported from Detroit. Associated Press writer Mike Corder contributed to this report from The Hague, Netherlands.