Officials from Netherlands, Japan in Washington for chip talks

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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan was leading the discussions.

John Kirby, the White House national security spokesman, said the officials were talking about issues that are “important to all three of us.”

“And certainly the safety and security of emerging technologies will be on that agenda,” he told reporters.

A source familiar with the talks said restricting exports of semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China was among the topics.

Sources told Reuters that an agreement between Dutch and US officials could be reached by the end of the month.

Having the Netherlands and Japan impose tighter export controls on China would be a major diplomatic victory for US President Joe Biden’s administration, which in October announced sweeping restrictions on Beijing’s access for US chip production technology to slow down its technological and military advances.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Doina Chiacu; Editing by Mark Porter, Kirsten Donovan)

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