| | DECEMBER 20238INFOCUSSOUTH KOREA ENHANCES CHIP COLLABORATION WITH NETHERLANDS, US, JAPANPresident Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea has announced plans to significantly enhance semiconductor collaboration with the Netherlands, the United States, and Japan. Recently, the Dutch government joined a U.S.-led initiative aimed at restricting China's access to cutting-edge chip manufacturing technology amid heightened competition between China and the U.S. in crucial industries, including advanced technologies. The Netherlands is where ASML, the exclusive global producer of extreme ultraviolet lithography machines essential for manufacturing advanced chips, is headquartered. Samsung Electronics and SK hynix, the two largest memory chip manufacturers in South Korea, are among the significant clients of the Dutch tech company.Yoon Suk Yeol, in a written interview published by the French news agency AFP, expressed South Korea's intention to significantly enhance semiconductor collaboration with major nations like the Netherlands, the United States, and Japan in the future. During his upcoming trip, Yoon plans to visit ASML's headquarters in Veldhoven, accompanied by Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Samsung Electronics Executive Chairman Lee Jae-yong, and SK Chairman Chey Tae-won. According to Principal Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Tae-hyo, Yoon will be the inaugural foreign leader to be granted access to a cleanroom at ASML's headquarters.Yoon highlighted the growing significance of the semiconductor industry amid escalating global competition for dominance in emerging technologies during an interview with AFP. He emphasized the visit to the Netherlands as particularly meaningful, underscoring the strategic importance of the semiconductor sector for both South Korea and the Netherlands. Yoon stressed that the economy and security are interlinked, stating that semiconductors serve as a pivotal point for cooperation between South Korea and the Netherlands. He emphasized that the stable and sustainable growth of the global semiconductor industry is of mutual interest to both nations. Notably, Yoon's visit will mark the first time a South Korean president has made a state visit to the Netherlands since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1961.
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