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US, Japan, Netherlands Close In On Export Controls Deal


Reuters reporting that officials from the Netherlands, Japan, and the United States are closing in on a deal to implement trilateral export controls on China to restrict the sale of components used in the manufacture of high-tech semiconductors.

  • White House National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby confirmed that the meetings, led by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, concerned issues "important to all three of us," and told reporters that, "certainly the safety and security of emerging technologies is going to be on that agenda."
  • Reuters: "Sources have told Reuters that a deal between Dutch and US officials could be clinched by the end of the month."
  • If Japan and the Netherlands sign onto the US initiative, China will be excluded from the near total supply chain of high tech components. It would amount to a significant political win for Biden's administration who enacted the export controls unilaterally in October without broad support from either Japan or the Netherlands.
  • The components manufactured in Japan, the US, and the Netherlands are considered essential to China's development in artificial intelligence, supercomputing, and hypersonic missile technology.

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