And they will surely succeed.
Back in 2018, the Dutch authorities demanded that the ASML holding refrain from supplying China with lithographic scanners that allow the production of chips using the so-called EUV lithography. The US sanctions against China in October, while not directly limiting the supply of DUV scanners, could directly affect the ability of Chinese ASML customers to purchase lithographic equipment for their own needs.
As Reuters notes with reference to the statements of the Minister of Commerce of the Netherlands, made during a visit to Brussels, the country’s authorities are indeed negotiating with their American counterparts on the optimal implementation of export restrictions that would take into account the interests of both parties.
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The representative of the Netherlands acknowledged that the country has lost even from the introduction of previous sanctions against China, but national security issues will in any case dominate over economic ones. The minister made it clear that the Dutch authorities share US concerns about China when it comes to security. As of 2021, ASML generated about €2 billion in China, representing 16% of the company’s total revenue, but as the CEO recently said, even a complete loss of access to the Chinese market will allow this lithographic scanner manufacturer to regain its revenue by the end of the decade.