WASHINGTON — The United States has secured a deal with the Netherlands and Japan to restrict exports of some advanced chip-making machinery to China in talks that concluded on Friday, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
The agreement would extend some export controls the United States adopted in October to companies based in the two allied nations, including ASML Holding NV, Nikon Corp and Tokyo Electron Ltd, the report said.
Officials from the Netherlands and Japan were in Washington discussing a wide range of issues in talks led by White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
John Kirby, the White House national security spokesperson, earlier said the officials were talking about issues that are “important to all three of us.”
“And certainly the safety and security of emerging technologies is going to be on that agenda,” he told reporters.
A source familiar with the talks said restricting exports of semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China was among the topics.
Getting the Netherlands and Japan to impose tighter export controls on China would be a major diplomatic win for U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration, which in October announced sweeping restrictions on Beijing’s access to U.S. chipmaking technology to slow its technological and military advances.
When asked about the Bloomberg report, the White House declined to comment beyond Kirby’s earlier remarks.
The Dutch foreign ministry and a spokesperson at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry declined to comment.
Officials at Nikon and Tokyo Electron were unavailable for comment when Reuters contacted them outside regular business hours.
The Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier said that it was not clear whether his government would disclose the result of ongoing talks with the United States over new export restrictions for the semiconductor industry. (Reporting by Steve Holland, Doina Chiacu, Costas Pitas, Toby Sterling, Kiyoshi Takenaka and Mayu Sakoda; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Rosalba O’Brien)