The US commerce department and the Dutch government would not comment. Japanese trade minister Yasutoshi Nishimura recently said Tokyo was talking to the US about how to “respond appropriately”.
Martijn Rasser, a technology and national security expert at CNAS, said he was “bullish” about a deal.“Japan and the Netherlands have the same strategic interests at stake and it’s in their long-term interest to co-ordinate with Washington to manage the China challenge and the specific military threats in question,” he said.
Emily Kilcrease, a trade and security expert at CNAS, agreed it was unclear if US allies would go along with the new approach outlined by Sullivan.“One question is whether any partners or allies would implement controls consistent with the new US strategy of keeping China as far behind as possible,” she said. “Is anyone else on board with this aggressive strategy?”
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