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Watch: President Biden and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte meet at the White House to discuss China and Ukraine

President Joe Biden meets with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, Tuesday, January 17, 2023, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, supply chain protections, and an upcoming Summit for Democracy – hosted by the two countries along with Costa Rica, South Korea, and Zambia – topped the agenda of a meeting between US President Joe Biden and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House.

The broad meeting on Tuesday was also planned as the US sought to bolster allies’ support for restrictions aimed at limiting China’s ability to access advanced computing chips, develop and maintain supercomputers, and manufacture advanced semiconductors.

In a statement following the meeting, the White House did not directly reference the issue, but said the two leaders discussed “the importance of secure supply chains and critical technologies to our national security and economic prosperity”.

Rutte also did not mention export restrictions in a series of tweets, instead focusing on the war in Ukraine.

 

Earlier in the day, as the two leaders sat in the Oval Office, Biden said Washington and Amsterdam were working together to “meet the challenges of China”.

“We’ve been talking with the Americans for a long time, but they came up with new rules in October, which changes the playing field,” Schreinemacher said on the Dutch television show Buitenhof. “So you can’t say they’ve been putting pressure on us for two years and now we have to sign on the dotted line. And we will not.”

Rutte’s visit comes after Biden hosted Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, another key player in semiconductor technology, last week.

Biden praised the Netherlands as one of the US’s “strongest” allies, saying it has been “very, very stalwart” in its support for Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion in February. This year, the Netherlands has committed approximately $2.7 billion (2.5 billion euros) in aid to Ukraine. The funds will be used to purchase military equipment as well as humanitarian and diplomatic efforts.

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