China has urged Japan to refrain from supporting the US on chip-related issues

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Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang has urged Japan not to support US restrictions on the Chinese semiconductor industry, CNBC reports.

“The US has used intimidation tactics to ruthlessly suppress Japan’s semiconductor industry, and now the same tactics are being used against China,” Qin said.

Semiconductors are essential components in everything from consumer electronics and home appliances to military equipment, and they have become the focal point of the technological superiority battle between the US and China.