According to media reports, the U.S. has successfully persuaded Japan and the Netherlands to work together on export restrictions on semiconductors to Communist China. Japan and the Netherlands will announce in the next few weeks the adoption of a partial ban on chips passed by the United States in October. The alliance of the U.S., Japan, and the Netherlands is expected to completely block the ability of Communist China to purchase the equipment needed to manufacture cutting-edge chips.
The chip ban, issued earlier by the Biden administration, restricts U.S. semiconductor equipment suppliers Applied Materials, Lam Research, and KLA from providing related equipment and technical support to Communist China. Japan’s Tokyo Electron and the Netherlands ASML are the other two key suppliers needed to make the U.S. chip ban take hold. Informed sources said that after U.S. lobbying, the Japanese and Dutch governments agreed in principle to work together on export restrictions on Communist China’s semiconductors. This indicates that the U.S. semiconductor export restrictions on Communist China entered an important milestone.
The sources said the Japanese and Dutch governments plan to ban the sale of equipment capable of making 14-nanometer or more advanced chips to Communist China and that the restrictions, which will be announced in the coming weeks, coincide with some of the rules set by Washington in October. Under the U.S.-Japan-Dutch blockade, Sanford C. Bernstein analysts believe that Communist China cannot build a leading semiconductor industry independently because the re-quired technology has been completely blocked.