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Tech War: Netherlands to Partner US Over Sale of Semiconductor Equipment to China

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Not too long ago, the United States announced a chip export ban to China over security and military threats. The ban has resulted in a tech war among the two countries, with major Europe chip makers recently declaring that they will continue to operate locally despite the China ban.

However, as we just discovered today, reports have revealed that the Netherlands intends to strictly control the sale of semiconductor equipment to China. According to Bloomberg, the Netherlands plans to work with the US to enact additional limits on chip manufacturing equipment transferred to China. The legal entity anticipates that Taiwanese factories will gain from any potential effects on the growth of China’s semiconductor logic IC and memory industry.

In order to impose sanctions on China, the United States has increased export controls to that country and is actively courting allies. Liesje Schreinemacher, the minister of foreign trade for the Netherlands, earlier said that the country would take its own course in relation to ASML’s transfer of chip equipment to China.

According to sources cited by Bloomberg, the Netherlands has changed its stance and plans to work with the United States to put new control measures for chip manufacturing equipment sold to China into place. These restrictions might go into effect as early as next month.

Additionally, the legal representative emphasized the widespread use of ASML’s immersion deep ultraviolet (DUV) lithography equipment. Once the Netherlands restricts the sale of DUV equipment to China, dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and storage fast The growth of flash memory (NAND Flash) facilities in China may also be impacted.

At the same time, the legal entity anticipated benefits for the operations of Taiwanese semiconductor factories such as TSMC, UMC, Nanya Branch, and Winbond. UMC has reported that queries from clients at the Singapore manufacturing had grown as the United States tightens its control over exports to China.

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