Despite its growing economic status and political influence, China lags behind the United States, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and others in terms of the tip sector, and the United States wants to keep it.according to Bloomberg (Opens in a new tab)The United States is calling on Dutch chip manufacturing technology company ASML to stop selling essential Chinese technologies needed for the growth of the chip manufacturing sector.
ASML is the world’s largest supplier of lithography equipment essential for chip manufacturing. ASML has already banned the sale of state-of-the-art extreme ultraviolet (EUV) tools to China, but the United States wants to go further and block the sale of deep ultraviolet (DUV) tools as well.
These less sophisticated tools are still essential in the manufacture of application-specific chips found in everyday devices, from household appliances to automobiles and PCs. These chips, most relevant to the current situation, are essential for automation and robotics applications and manufacturing, which is important for China. Even if ASML pushes forward with the ban, it cannot alleviate the ongoing chip shortage problem affecting many types of chips.
The move by the US government is undoubtedly an escalation of the ongoing trade war between the two countries.Despite the Biden administration’s move to ease (Opens in a new tab) As part of the trade tariffs of the Trump era, ASML is a Dutch company, but there are no signs of relaxing restrictions on advanced technology.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, named the move an example of “technical terrorism.” Zhao added, “Although the United States continues to link technology and trade issues with politics and ideology, and uses them as a tool to promote technology blockade and separation to block the path of others. ,end.”
The fierce rhetoric and Tat for Tat trade disputes between China and the United States do not appear to slow down anytime soon. Let’s hope that the high-tech Cold War will not lead to a real Cold War. China is always looking at Taiwan and its chip manufacturing capabilities.