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U.S. pushes Japan and other allies to join China chip curbs

Tokyo weighs similar restrictions, prompting concern among equipment makers

The U.S. export controls take aim at Chinese companies producing advanced semiconductors. (China Daily via Reuters)

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is urging allies including Japan to follow its lead on restricting exports of advanced semiconductors and related technology to China, likely intensifying the impact of Chinese-American tensions on chipmakers worldwide.

Tokyo has begun internal discussions on the issue at Washington's request, a Japanese government insider said. Officials are weighing which restrictions can be adopted in Japan, and will watch how other U.S. allies such as the European Union and South Korea respond.

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