Alexandra Alper
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Assembly engineers work on a lithography system at ASML in Veldhoven, Netherlands in June.
Apr 5, 2024
Targeting Chinese chips, U.S. to push Dutch on ASML service contracts
The U.S.' export policy chief is set to meet in the Netherlands next Monday with officials from the Dutch government and ASML.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 29, 2024
Biden cracks down on U.S. data flows to China and Russia
Seeking to protect American personal data, Biden unveiled an executive order barring genomic data transfers to China and other "countries of concern."
The Huawei Mate 60 Pro, launched in August 2023 and powered by a sophisticated chip, was seen as a symbol of the China's technological resurgence despite Washington's ongoing efforts to cripple its capacity to produce advanced semiconductors.
Feb 22, 2024
U.S. targets China chipmaking plant after Huawei Mate 60 Pro
The Biden administration seeks to cut off China's most advanced factory from more American imports after it produced a sophisticated chip for the phone.
U.S. President Joe Biden signs an Executive Order about Artificial Intelligence as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on, at the White House in Washington on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 31, 2023
Biden inks executive order to curb AI risks to national security
Artificial intelligence technology has been making rapid gains in capability and popularity in an environment of, so far, limited regulation.
The U.S. is struggling to cut China off from top AI technology.
Oct 13, 2023
Biden eyes adding AI chip curbs to Chinese companies abroad
Efforts to close the loophole allowing access to chips the show how the Biden administration is struggling to cut China off from top AI technology.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2023
Dutch to restrict semiconductor tech exports to China, joining U.S. effort
The Netherlands is a leader in chipmaking technology and the move is a step toward adopting rules urged by Washington to hobble China's chipmaking industry and slow its military advances.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2022
Biden administration to hit China with new curbs on U.S. chip and tool exports
The rules are likely to ban unlicensed exports of chipmaking equipment to Chinese factories making advanced semiconductors with manufacturing specifications below 14 nanometers in scale.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2022
U.S. hits Russian oil refining sector and slaps export curbs on Belarus
The new round of sanctions announced by the White House ban the export of specific refining technologies, making it harder for Russia to modernize its oil refineries.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2020
Washington report says Huawei and Hikvision backed by Chinese military
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has determined that top Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies and video surveillance company Hikvision, are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, laying the groundwork for new U.S. financial sanctions, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on