Dutch high-tech firm denies banning Chinese hires

By Xu Hailin Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/27 19:23:39

A Netherlands-based chip-making equipment manufacturer denied rumors that the China-US trade conflict would prevent it from hiring Chinese nationals.

In a statement sent to the Global Times on Monday, ASML, one of the few suppliers of lithography, a type of chip-making equipment, in the world said the company "can hire and is still hiring Chinese nationals who can work on ASML's high-tech products in development, engineering and services, also in the Netherlands."

"ASML would like to emphasize that there is no general restriction on hiring any nationality. We welcome engineers from all over the world," said the statement.

However, it noted that for certain technologies originally developed in the US, Chinese nationals, as well as nationals from roughly 20 other countries, require a US export license before they can be assigned by ASML to work on these technologies.

"This is not a new situation as this has been the procedure for years," ASML said.

The rumor started when "dayingliangxinhanfulai", a Sina Weibo user with 1.2 million followers, posted on August 21 that "the US is prohibiting principal suppliers of semiconductors in the world from hiring Chinese."

"It is ASML of the Netherlands this time," he wrote and posted a screen grab that shows the exposure from one of his followers.

The follower said he has a friend looking for a job in the Netherlands and received an email with cacography from ASML, saying "ASML is forbidden to have Chinese people working on their products, which the US government had ordered."

Various media reports cited the post online.

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