The US has convinced two other countries to join it in expanding a ban on exports of chip-making technology to China, according to a report by Bloomberg. The move could cramp China’s home-grown chip industry as there are few, if any, other sources for the sophisticated technologies required for modern semiconductor manufacturing.
As part of a broader trade war with China, the US sought for its chip technology embargo from Japan and the Netherlands, where some of the world’s largest manufacturers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are headquartered. It first imposed restrictions on exports of chips to China in 2015, extending them in 2021 and twice in 2022. The most recent restrictions were introduced in December.