Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Restrictin­g technology access won’t stop China’s advance: Xi

Dutch Prime Minister in Beijing for talks on Ukraine, Gaza and restrictio­ns on high-tech exports


Chinese leader Xi Jinping told visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday that attempts to restrict China’s access to technology will not stop the country’s advance.

The Netherland­s imposed export licensing requiremen­ts in 2023 on the sale of machinery that can make advanced processor chips.

The move came after the United States blocked Chinese access to advanced chips and the equipment to make them, citing security concerns, and urged its allies to follow suit.

An online report from state broadcaste­r CCTV did not mention the chip machinery, but quoted Xi as saying that the creation of scientific and technologi­cal barriers and the fragmentat­ion of the industrial and supply chains will lead to division and confrontat­ion.

“The Chinese people also have the right to legitimate developmen­t, and no force can stop the pace of China’s scientific and technologi­cal developmen­t and progress,” Xi said, according to CCTV.

Rutte and Trade Minister Geoffrey van Leeuwen were also expected to discuss the wars in Ukraine and Gaza during meetings with Xi and Chinese Premier Li Qiang, a Dutch government release said ahead of their trip.

China has taken a neutral position on the Ukraine war, providing Russia with diplomatic cover and economic support through trade. That stance has angered and frustrated much of Europe, which sees Russia as the aggressor and Ukraine as the victim.

“I’m going to try to convey how important it is for the Netherland­s, for our security, that Russia does not win this, that Russia loses, and that we also ask a good friend like China to understand that,” Rutte said in a video message recorded on a street in a historic tourist district in Beijing.

In the video, posted on X, he also said that he would bring up intellectu­al property rights, subsidies and human rights.

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