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Exclusive: ASML chip tool delivery to China delayed amid US ire

Dutch company caught in crossfire of Sino-US feud for tech supremacy

Dutch company ASML, Europe's largest producer of specialized chipmaking machines, derives about 16% of its system sales from the U.S., and 19% of its sales from China. (Nikkei Montage)

TAIPEI -- ASML, Europe's largest manufacturer of specialized chipmaking machines, has fallen prey to Washington's desire to curb Beijing's technological ascent and delayed shipment of a crucial tool needed to develop China's semiconductor industry, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.

ASML's move comes as the U.S. carefully scrutinizes all major companies in Chinese tech supply chains, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest chipmaker, which supplies chips to Huawei, the Chinese tech company that the U.S. has accused of spying.

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