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China's Quest for Chip Self-Sufficiency: Geopolitical Implications and Global Impact

China is changing the game in the chip business after setbacks that has awakened its interest in being self-sufficient in semiconductors

The quest for dominance in the low-end chip market could further impact the legacy chips used worldwide Photo by Vishnu Mohanan / Unsplash

China's pursuit of chip self-sufficiency holds potential implications for geopolitics and global semiconductor dynamics, impacting countries like the Netherlands and the US in various ways.

Tensions with other countries could escalate as the US imposes export controls and sanctions, limiting China's access to advanced technology. Meanwhile, the Dutch government enforces new restrictions on semiconductor exports, affecting China's high-tech ambitions and potentially sparking conflicts in the industry.

China's chip production could foster increased competition, challenging other countries in the semiconductor arena. This heightened rivalry might lead to disruptions in the global supply chain, altering the current industry dynamics.

By achieving chip self-sufficiency, China could reduce its dependence on other countries for technology and materials. Such self-reliance may enhance China's position in the semiconductor industry, potentially affecting its reliance on international partnerships.

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However, this drive for self-sufficiency could also disrupt the global supply chain. As materials and spare parts primarily originate from the US, Europe, and Japan, China may face challenges in maintaining its chip capacity, creating vulnerabilities in the supply chain.

Chip Industry: China's Quest

The quest for dominance in the low-end chip market could further impact the legacy chips used worldwide, leading to potential disruptions and vulnerabilities in everyday technology.

China's goal of achieving 70% IC self-sufficiency by 2025 might face hurdles due to stricter US export restrictions. Relying on the US, Europe, and Japan for crucial materials and chemicals could hamper China's chip capacity in the near future.

Despite this, China has made considerable progress, especially evident in its technological advancements with Huawei, where it managed to rival and even outperform Western companies like Ericsson and Nokia.

With over 1 trillion Chinese yuan ($140 billion) invested in its chip industry, China remains determined to reduce reliance on foreign technology and materials, pushing forward with the development of advanced semiconductors.

While China's chip self-sufficiency rate remains relatively low, its substantial investment in the industry may facilitate progress in developing advanced semiconductors, leading to increased independence from foreign sources.

Blocking China's Global Supply Chain

Attempts to block China from the global supply chain have raised concerns that China may rush to develop its own version of ASML, potentially posing a threat to the Dutch company.  While ASML's sales in China have been impacted, there is still demand for its machines in the country. The potential development of China's own semiconductor equipment remains a topic of concern but lacks specific information in the search results.

In conclusion, China's bid for chip self-sufficiency bears geopolitical implications and global semiconductor consequences. As it forges ahead with its ambitions, China's commitment to investing in chip technology could propel it towards greater technological autonomy, even amidst challenges posed by export restrictions and global supply chain complexities.

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