Joining Japan and the Netherlands, the US-China semiconductor war has widened the front… China’s ‘WTO complaint’

China has filed a lawsuit against the World Trade Organization (WTO) over US export controls on semiconductors to China. It is known that Japan and the Netherlands will join the U.S. export sanctions, and the conflict between the two sides is expected to grow.

Xinhua News Agency reported on the 13th that the Ministry of Commerce of China announced on the 12th that it had filed a lawsuit in the WTO dispute settlement procedure over the US export control measures to China on products such as semiconductors. The Department of Commerce said, “The United States has continuously expanded the concept of national security in recent years, abused export control measures, and disrupted normal international trade in semiconductors and other products. This is a typical method of protectionism.” “The WTO complaint is a necessary way for China to address China’s concerns and protect its legitimate rights and interests through legal means,” he added.

Earlier in October, the United States required permission to export certain semiconductor chips used in high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) learning semiconductors and supercomputers to China, and effectively prohibited US companies from exporting semiconductor equipment above a certain level to Chinese companies. did.

As China files a complaint against the US semiconductor export controls to the WTO, the two sides may go through a consultation process to resolve the issue over the next 60 days. If the differences are not resolved during this process, China may request the WTO to set up a panel to resolve the dispute. Bloomberg News reported, “The WTO dispute settlement process may take several years.”

Adam Hodge, a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), told Reuters, “As we have already communicated to China, the action is related to national security, and the WTO is not an appropriate place to discuss issues related to national security.” 토토사이트

In the midst of such conflict between the two countries, Japan and the Netherlands are also showing a movement to join the United States in controlling exports of semiconductors to China. Bloomberg News, citing an anonymous source, reported that the two countries agreed to join the U.S. export sanctions in principle and would announce related details within a few weeks. He said trilateral cooperation could cut off almost all routes through which China could purchase the equipment it needs to manufacture advanced semiconductors. This is because all of the world’s five major semiconductor equipment makers in the US, Japan, and the Netherlands will participate in the sanctions. As a result, the semiconductor conflict between the US and China seems likely to expand further.

Wang Yi, member of the Politburo of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and Minister of Foreign Affairs, stressed in a videoconference with Foreign Minister Park Jin the day before that the US Semiconductor Science Act and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are harming the legitimate rights and interests of each country, including China and South Korea. “Each country must step up and defend true multilateralism against outdated thinking and unilateral hegemonic behavior that goes against globalization,” he said.

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