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U.S.-led effort to wall off semiconductor tech draws in Japan

Chipmaking tool suppliers seek clarity on new controls while China condemns move

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden meet at the White House in January.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's move to join the U.S. in restricting exports of semiconductor-manufacturing equipment underscores a deepening geopolitical divide with China that is forcing companies to rethink their plans.

Shortly after Japanese Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura announced the measures Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning hit back.

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