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Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China

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Under the deal, the Netherlands will bar ASML from selling to China at least some equipment essential to making cutting-edge chips.

Credit: Bart van Overbeeke/ASML/REUTERS

Japan and the Netherlands have agreed with the U.S. to start restricting exports of advanced chip-manufacturing equipment to China, joining efforts by the Biden administration to slow China's military development by cutting access to advanced technologies.

The agreement was reached Friday at a meeting in Washington between top national-security officials from the three countries, according to people familiar with the situation, a result of the Biden administration's effort to convince allies to implement export controls on their companies with critical technologies. 

The agreement comes in the wake of Washington's decision in October to impose expansive export restrictions on advanced chips and equipment manufactured by U.S. companies, and was reported earlier by Bloomberg. The agreement hasn't been formally announced by any of the three countries, which another person familiar with the situation said was out of concerns by Japan and Netherlands about potential retaliation by China.

From The Wall Street Journal
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