The U.S. is lobbying allies to join its lead on export-control measures, restricting advanced semiconductors against the Chinese regime to prevent Beijing from gaining key technologies that threaten its technology dominance. 

Nikkei Asia reported that 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.

Earlier this month, 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.

Alan Estevez, under secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, in an interview with Washington-based think tank CNAS, said, “We were talking to our allies. No one was surprised when we did this, and they all know that we’re expecting them to cover likewise.”

He added, “We expect to have a deal in the near term,” particularly with Japan and the Netherlands.

In addition, Estevez commented that during talks with allies, the U.S would share information on Chinese threats. He also revealed that top officials, like National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, are in talks with allies about the issue.

According to Nikkei Asia, the U.S. has 12% of the global semiconductor market share, while Taiwan and South Korea each account for about 20%, and Japan has 15%. 

Bloomberg reported that three U.S. firms dominate the global chip-equipment market, Applied Materials, Lam Research, and KLA, followed by Japan’s Tokyo Electron and the Netherlands’ ASML.

In addition to export curbs on chip-making equipment, the U.S. also prohibits Americans from doing business with Chinese semiconductor firms.

Three U.S. firms reportedly have started pulling their staff from Yangtze Memory Technologies Co., China’s most advanced memory chips producer. 

ASML instructed its American workers in the U.S. to stop providing services to China’s customers.

After the sweeping export bans were announced, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said during the mid-October congress that the regime would seek to win the battle of major core technologies and speed up its efforts to achieve technological self-sufficiency.

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