The Netherlands is planning to propose new restrictions on exports of chip-making equipment to China, joining the U.S. effort to cut off the Chinese regime from accessing their cutting-edge technology.
According to Bloomberg, Dutch officials are discussing the curbs with U.S. counterparts, and the final decision might come as soon as next month.
The news outlet reports that the Netherlands is considering export bans on chip-making equipment that could produce 14 nanometers or more advanced chips. This is an industry-standard in semiconductor technology.
The latest move from the Dutch government signals that the U.S. and its allies strengthen their efforts to prevent Beijing from gaining key technologies that threaten its technology dominance.
The ban might affect Dutch firm ASML Holding NV, a top semiconductor-manufacturing equipment provider.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told Bloomberg last month that his country is working with the U.S., Japan, and South Korea over the issue.
The Netherlands, Korea, and Japan are the world’s major semiconductor producers outside the U.S. Washington is trying to convince these allies to join its restrictions to counter the Chinese regime’s chip ambition.
As reported by Nikkei Asia in November, Tokyo has started internal discussions over the issue at Washington’s request. Japanese officials are assessing what restrictions can be implemented. It will also closely watch responses from other U.S. allies, such as the European Union and South Korea, to adapt its own control measures.
In October, Washington unveiled strict measures on chip export controls to Beijing. The restrictions aim to cut off China’s access to chips used in artificial intelligence and supercomputing that the regime exploits to build its chip industry and enhance its military.
Since then, its allies have canceled semiconductor deals linked to China. Germany vetoed the sale of two local semiconductor producers to Chinese investors. The U.K. ordered a Chinese-owned technology firm to sell at least 86% of Britain’s biggest microchip factory, citing national security concerns.