back to article Uncle Sam wants allies to join its anti-China chip crusade

The US is trying to persuade allies to limit China's access to advanced semiconductor technologies, in a replay of its previous heavy-handed tactics against countries deploying Huawei kit in telco networks. According to reports in Nikkei Asia, Japan is one of the countries that has had contact with the US government over the …

  1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

    America wants

    at the point of a gun. These countries, these supposed allies of the USA, are facing the barrel of a gun. Join the USA in its march for freedom, freedom to do what the USA tells you to do.

    The greatest threat to freedom in the world today is the USA with it's America First policy. The PNAC is a devilish plan for world domination dressed up as freedom. It's a rotten evil plan.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: America wants

      This is a USA that still has Trump tarrifs on Canadian aluminum while having US plants owned by Russians who happened to be chums of Trump

      1. Lordrobot

        Re: America wants

        Trump Tariffs were taken down and Biden reinstalled them. JOE TRUMP... identical economic idiots.

    2. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Re: America wants

      The writing is on the Wall.

      China is on the path to become world's number one terrorist country and they can't wait to invade Taiwan.

      We should have never outsourced our advanced manufacturing to China. We believed that through economic cooperation we could build peace, but that was a very naive thinking. It only enabled imperialists to build up their war chest.

      Winnie the Pooh can't wait to pounce.

      1. DS999 Silver badge

        Re: America wants

        China has a long long ways to go if they want to catch up to Russia and Iran as a terrorist state. So far China is only terrorizing its own people, and a fairly small segment of them at that.

        Not that this excuses them, but for all the talk of them being ready to invade Taiwan at any moment it keeps not happening, and they haven't invaded anywhere else nor are they sending Chinese soldiers to fight in the wars of other countries.

        Maybe it changes eventually, but for the foreseeable future China's government and leadership is only a threat to its own people.

        1. jansaigon

          Re: America wants

          A small segment being anyone who dissent?

          Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

          Been living in Asia for 20 years & China is not popular. Only for economic trade. All their neighbors have a bad history with them.

          Sure I guess you could argue same could be said of any super power. I'm just incredibly wary of the echo chamber of absolute power that is the CCP.

      2. martinusher Silver badge

        Re: America wants

        >China is on the path to become world's number one terrorist country and they can't wait to invade Taiwan.

        Before we went Maximum Cold War on them starting some years ago they were on course to absorb Taiwan. The reason wasn't military, simply that you've got an island that's been culturally and linguistically part of China since for ever that's 100 miles from the mainland that had significant and growing business and personal ties with that mainland. They're not interested in invading Tiawan, they don't need to, but at the same time they would react to a foreign power using the place as a base against them. (See "Cuban Missile Crisis"....)

        In a similar vein China doesn't 'do' terrorism. They don't need to. They're about a fifth of the world's population and have significant ex-pat populations in just about every corner of the globe. If the truth be told they're the global Ank-Morpok -- why invade when you can buy (wholesale)? Its us that's having a bit of a problem with causing trouble globally -- instead of quietly getting on with figuring out how to compete with them we're trying to pretend its still the 1930s, Charlie Chan and all. What's frustrating to me is that the more we carry on like this the further we get behind; eventually the only solution is Global Thermonuclear War, something that nobody wins (but, once again, when it comes to picking themselves up from being utterly devastated and building anew the Chinese have had a lot of practice).

        1. Cheshire Cat

          Re: America wants

          > culturally and linguistically part of China since for ever

          Not really, no (though China would like you to believe so). The island speaks both Taiwanese (Hokkien) and Mandarin; but their Mandarin is not quite the same and China's, in the same way that the UK and USA both speak 'English' but not quite the same. They also have different writing (Traditional vs. Simplified characters) which is somewhat analagous to the different spellings in US and UK.

          Culturally, there is as much difference as you'd see between European countries, or (again) USA and UK. Similar, but noticeably different if you visit them both.

          1. bombastic bob Silver badge
            Big Brother

            Re: America wants

            Taiwan is ALSO "not communist".

            A while back I worked with some Taiwanese engineers. They were as competent as any I have seen. They had enthusiasm like you would expect. I have also (indirectly) worked with engineers in China (though only by e-mail). They were quick to deny existence of an obvious problem and would generally not accept any evidence to the contrary, ESPECIALLY not any recommended fix, and their "solution" (months later, without fanfair) was more along the line of "use a bigger part" [rather than fixing the design more elegantly - the overcurrent problem was still there, but if the part is big enough, overload does not accidentally boot the CPU].

            I believe the MAIN cultural difference between Taiwan and China is that the LACK of communism allows Taiwan to be more competent and more creative than the "social credit score" fears and "do not draw attention to yourself" mentality of someone living under communism.

    3. jansaigon

      Re: America wants

      You're being hyperbolic.

      The US is not threatening any allies in the region with military action.

      China however, is. Not to mention militarizing the south China sea

  2. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    "Free market capitalism! Free market capitalism!"

    Pardon? We're losing control of the market and our profit margins are being squeezed by someone else?

    "Protectionism! Protectionism!"

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      That's why Boeing had to get a 300% tariff on Bombardier's better 737

      How can poor little Boeing expect to compete against the massive nation state strategic investment of the Quebec teacher's pension fund

      1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

        Don't forget that Airbus/Northrop Grumman won the refueller contract. What did Boeing do? Complain that it lost in a fair competition.

    2. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      America originally created advanced semiconductor technologies, and then the companies involved moved all of the chip production to China, abandoning production in the US and other Asian countries (Malaysia etc) which made them a lot of money and made product creation cheaper too.

      1. Kev18999

        The US companies go to China and use their resources to build the products then blames Chinese for learning the tech and making it better? Isn't that what globalization is about?

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    All have been here before ..... many times ..... and none of them good ‽ .

    The US is trying to persuade allies to limit China's access to advanced semiconductor technologies, .. ..... Dan Robinson

    Whenever delving a tad further and deeper and asking the simple awkward question, WHY?, one is confronted with the very distinct possibility, and therefore most likely probability that the US is trying to persuade allies to limit China's access to advanced semiconductor technologies with a contrived international coalition of the ignorant and dollar indebted/dependent, in a vain effort to smokescreen an arrogant nationalistic unilateralism, their fascist tendencies whenever experiencing emerging overwhelmingly capable competition and almighty otherworldly opposition.

    And that's the second time within the last 48 hours that that question has been asked on El Reg ....

    Who needs real enemies whenever one has phantom friends like that ‽ .

    A simple question to ask oneself if interested in untangling such matters is who and/or what the fcuk is pulling Uncle Sam’s strings nowadays in these strange and surreal times with crazy spaces and mad places leaking top secrets and sensitive compartmentalised information to Special Advanced IntelAIgent Researcher Services. They and that be the persons and institutions of real interest to future parties. ........ Re: National Security regulations

    ....... and answered comprehensively and surely not ambiguously. And just because one doesn't like the answer, never ever means that it cannot be perfectly right, honest and true.

  4. Binraider Silver badge

    I'd happily sign up, if there were a supply chain ready to use instead.

    Which of course, there isn't.

  5. Michael Hoffmann

    As for Germany...

    ... mentioned in one sentence: good luck with that.

    Only today (as of writing this), at least one major German paper talks about arguments within the 3-party coalition, because chancellor Scholz and the SPD, as the leading party, are moving blindly along the same road that prior governments did with Russia. Leading them to total dependency on Putin's whims (or, as former chancellor Schröder called him "a crystal-pure democrat" (*)) back then, and the same - arguably even worse - with Xi. Scholz is in China right now, kowtowing to Xi and his court.

    The Greens and the Liberal-Democrats are against it, but we'll see how far they are willing to push.

    (*) no seriously, don't laugh. Gerhard Schröder called Putin a "lupenreiner Demokrat" - and he's still best buds with him. Google it!

    1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

      Re: As for Germany...

      Would you prefer that the Germans kowtow to Washington?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As a Canadian, let me say "Take a hike, Americans! We're DONE playing patsy for your 'trade wars' that see OUR citizens imprisoned over YOUR nonsense."

    'nuff said.

    1. jansaigon

      The US has definitely behaved shamefully twds the Canadians with the tarrifs. And the Chinese will be 100x worse.

      They aren't going to liberalize or magically change. Remember Nortel? Hacked & most IP stolen. Wasn't done by a US company...

  7. Mr Finance

    Hmm, should we export machine tooling expertise to Germany in the 1930s?

    This is just the bare minimum common sense people. You may not have noticed but China is not the west's friend and our attempts over the last few decades to bring them into the global fold have failed. This is a governing party that genuinely sees tyranical authoritarianism as a positive model to export to other countries. Time for the world's democracies to wake up and see them for what they are. If trade with them wont strengthen us collectively more than them, we shouldnt be doing it. Divided we fall.

  8. Kev18999

    China has not invaded a single country since the 50s, why do we hate a country that is more peaceful than we are? We don't have to buy Chinese goods but we do and blame China for our own choices. We blame rich chinese people for buying up properties but the sellers benefited. Aren't we the champion of the free marketplace?

    Did China made bad stuff we don't want? If so, why keep buying from them and not make stuff here? All these complaints are nothing but propaganda. If China is left without partners they will build without their own tech without international cooperation.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re Retards with Serious Serial Learning Difficulties


      That is far too much common sense for the lazy get-rich-quick-without-really-trying Westerner to comprehend and accept and compete against.

      You have to really dumb things down for them.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If the US considers China such a threat ...

    .. then the only logical solution is to just wipe them all out ...

    I'm surprised that hasn't been suggested as a course of action yet ...

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