The paper said, citing its own investigation, technology had been stolen by high-level Chinese employees in the research and development department and leaked to the Chinese government. "ASML found no hard proof of involvement of the Chinese government," FD quoted the Veldhoven-based firm as saying.
The newspaper based its report partly on company sources and in part on a November 2018 ruling by a California court in a case between ASML's U.S. subsidiary and XTAL Inc., which filed for bankruptcy a month later. An ASML spokeswoman told Reuters the company was aware of the FD report and was preparing a response. (Reporting by Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling; Editing by Stephen Coates and Himani Sarkar)
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