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Ukraine war

From Samsung to Sony, Asia tech grapples with Russia sanctions

Complying with U.S. clampdown now could invite China repercussions later

U.S. trade restrictions covering products made with American technology could create pitfalls for Asian companies. (Source photo by AP and Ken Kobayashi)

TAIPEI/SEOUL -- Asia's tech industry is scrambling to figure out how to comply with U.S. sanctions on Russia as they potentially apply to shipments of everything from telecom equipment and smartphones to PCs and gaming consoles.

Trade restrictions were slapped on Russia last week over its invasion of Ukraine; they took immediate effect and potentially cover any product made with American technology. The suddenness and sweeping scope of the rules caught many Asian tech companies off guard. This has been especially true for those not caught up in the U.S. crackdown on Huawei Technologies.

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