China calls for WTO review after Japan and Netherlands also seek to restrict chip technology exports.
China has called on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to review U.S. export controls on semiconductor chip manufacturing technologies, Reuters reports, citing Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
The U.S. package of measures, issued in October, is intended to restrict China’s access to advanced chips and is also applicable to military purposes. Japan and the Netherlands – both home to major chip companies – effectively joined in by recently announcing their own export restrictions.
The three countries’ actions violate the WTO’s principles of fairness and transparency, Reuters quoted CCTV. China had already responded with a complaint to the trade organization when the U.S. measures became known. In response, the U.S. government asserted that the measures concerned issues of national security and were “not reviewable or resolvable” under WTO dispute settlement procedures, according to Reuters.