Chip Shot

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Reading https://newsletter.doomberg.com/p/chip-shot

TLDR :cherry_blossom:

China is determined to dominate the semiconductor industry, just as it has conquered EVs and solar power, through a familiar pattern of technology transfer, joint ventures, and rapid scaling.

Key Points :dizzy:

  • China is making the development of a domestic semiconductor supply chain a matter of urgent national importance.
  • The US and its allies are trying to prevent China from succeeding, but China has a history of overcoming such obstacles.
  • China’s strategy involves technology transfer, joint ventures with state-owned enterprises, and rapid scaling to undercut Western competitors.

In-depth Summary :books:

The article discusses China’s ambitions to conquer the semiconductor industry, following a familiar pattern it has used in other strategic industries. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) identifies a strategically important industry dominated by Western companies and then sets out to develop a homegrown version.

Chinese firms, often previously unknown, begin appearing at industry conferences, asking questions, taking photos, and developing relationships with Western suppliers. Soon after, these firms release primitive products that compete at the low end of the market. While Western companies initially dismiss these new players, they soon find themselves facing superior Chinese products that are significantly cheaper and available in seemingly limitless supply.

To gain access to the Chinese market, Western companies are often required to set up joint ventures with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and share their technology. This allows the CCP to rapidly scale up production and eventually export their products, undercutting and driving out Western competitors.

The article notes that the semiconductor industry is the latest target of this strategy, with China making it a matter of “urgent national importance” to develop a domestic supply chain. The US and its allies are trying to prevent China from succeeding, but the author expresses doubt that they will be able to stop China from becoming the global leader in this critical technology.

ELI5 :child:

China really wants to be the best at making computer chips, just like how they became the best at making electric cars and solar panels. They have a plan to do this by copying the technology from other countries, making deals with Chinese companies, and then quickly making a lot of their own chips that are cheaper than the ones from other countries. Even though other countries are trying to stop China, the author thinks China will probably still become the top chip maker in the world.

Writer’s Main Point :star2:

The writer’s main point is that China is determined to dominate the semiconductor industry, just as it has conquered other strategic industries, through a familiar pattern of technology transfer, joint ventures, and rapid scaling to undercut Western competitors. Despite efforts by the US and its allies to prevent China from succeeding, the writer expresses doubt that they will be able to stop China from becoming the global leader in this critical technology.