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Japan-South Korea rift

Samsung secures key chip supply in Belgium as Tokyo curbs exports

Korean tech groups accelerate diversification while keeping Japanese suppliers

Samsung appears to have turned beyond Asia in its search for alternate supplies of chipmaking chemicals. (Illustration by Michael Tsang)

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics is now sourcing a crucial chipmaking chemical from Belgium as Japan's restrictions on exports to South Korea leave the conglomerate facing a "crisis," a source has told the Nikkei Asian Review.

The smartphone and chip making giant has been scrambling to secure supplies of three compounds -- photoresist, hydrogen fluoride etching gas and fluorinated polyimides -- that have been subject to export restrictions from Japan since July.

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