BEIJING (AP) — China’s overseas minister pressed his Dutch counterpart Tuesday for obtain to advanced chipmaking technological innovation that has been blocked on security grounds and warned towards making it possible for what he said have been unfounded fears of Beijing to spoil relations.

Chinese disappointment with curbs imposed by the Netherlands, Washington and Japan on chip technological innovation has included to political strains at a time when Beijing is threatening to assault Taiwan and is ever more assertive toward other Asian neighbors.

There was no sign the Netherlands changed its restriction on the provide of lithography equipment readily available only from a one Dutch business that use ultraviolet light to etch tiny circuits on next-generation processor chips. Deficiency of that software is holding back Chinese initiatives to establish chips for smartphones, artificial intelligence and other advanced programs.

“As for the difficulty of lithography machines, China has significant problems about this,” Qin Gang explained at a joint information meeting. “We ought to do the job with each other to jointly guard the regular trade purchase involving us, the worldwide trade principles and to jointly preserve the world industrial and source chains steady.”

The Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands earlier threatened feasible unspecified retaliation, but the ministers gave no indicator they talked about that in their 2 1/2-hour assembly.

“We have shared our countrywide safety fears,” reported the Dutch minister, Wopke Hoekstra. “I’ve, of class, obviously listened to his, and this is typically an situation exactly where we will continue our dialogue.”

Beijing appears to be attempting to increase relations with European governments and maybe split some away from alliances with Washington.

Political analysts have suggested that is component of the motivation guiding Beijing’s choice to mail an envoy to talk about a probable settlement of the Ukraine war. Analysts see minor hope of peace but say the initiative gives Chinese chief Xi Jinping’s govt a opportunity to deflect Western criticism of its welcoming relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Qin appealed for persistence though the envoy, Li Hui, visits European governments to go over a feasible “political settlement.”

Hoekstra, who also is the Dutch deputy key minister, said he and Qin “talked extensively about the war” but gave no facts.

“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine ought to quit and Europe and Netherlands will carry on to stand with Ukraine for as prolonged as it can take and what ever vital,” Hoekstra claimed.

Qin tried out to downplay protection fears about Beijing.

“What China exports is chance, not crisis,” he reported.

The Chinese minister complained about the “abnormal phenomenon” of what he said was fears about China staying exaggerated by unspecified “intelligence departments.”

“Then their accusations are remaining exaggerated by the media,” Qin explained. “The consequence is that it erodes the well-known guidance for the friendship amongst our two nations around the world.”