The Strategist

Germany ponders banning exports of chemicals for advanced microchips to China

04/28/2023 - 03:22

The German government is discussing the idea of prohibiting shipments of a variety of chemicals that can be used in the manufacture of sophisticated semiconductors to China, reports Bloomberg citing its own insiders in the German government.

The sources claim that if the German government takes this action, German businesses like Merck and BASF won't be allowed to sell some of their chemicals to China. 

The German Economy Ministry opted not to respond to the newspaper’s request.

China already faces a variety of constraints from Germany. For instance, the German government prevented Chinese investment in two regional semiconductor producers in November of last year. 

Additionally, local 5G networks using Huawei and ZTE equipment and components would no longer be allowed, according to German media reports from March.


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