Chinese and American flags fly near The Bund, before the US trade delegation meets their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China, July 30, 2019.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
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BEIJING – China’s commerce ministry said Thursday the US is weaponizing export controls and using them as a tool.
“We are extremely concerned about the direct interference of the United States and the issue of high-tech exports to China by Dutch companies,” spokesperson Xu Xueting said at the ministry’s first press conference in 2024, according to a CNBC translation of his Mandarin. ” -Language notes.
“The United States has instrumentalized and weaponized export control issues,” he said, calling on the Dutch side to “respect the spirit of the contract and support businesses in conducting compliant trade.”
She was responding to a question about Netherlands-based company ASML, which makes lithography machines that are crucial for manufacturing advanced semiconductors.
ASML said in a Jan. 1 statement that the Dutch government had banned it from exporting certain lithography products to China.
The Dutch government last year announced new restrictions on the export of certain equipment to manufacture advanced chips. The move follows US export controls aimed at limiting the Chinese military’s access to high-end semiconductor technology.
ASML said in the statement that after discussions with the U.S. government, it found that the latest U.S. export regulations in October cover some lithography equipment.
Xu said China “firmly opposes” such moves and will take “necessary measures” to protect Chinese business interests.
The ministry had last year announced export controls on some metals used in chip manufacturing.
US-China trade talks focus on chips
Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao also raised concerns about US chip export controls in a call with US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Thursday, according to the ministry.
“Wang expressed serious concern about US restrictions on third-party exports of lithography machines to China, investigations into the supply chain of legacy chips, and sanctions that suppress Chinese companies,” the ministry said in a readout in Chinese, translated by CNBC. “Focused on.”
The US Commerce Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside US business hours.