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The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

The ability to make semiconductors for everything from artificial intelligence to smartphones has become a national security issue, and the U.S. election won’t change that.

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The Politics Of Microchips
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On a scorching hot day in late August, representatives of Taiwan’s government and industry crowded into the clinical cool of a state-of-the-art semiconductor facility for a symbolic moment in the global tech conflict.

They were attending the opening ceremony for a training center built by Dutch company ASML Holding at a cost of about $16 million, small change for an industry used to spending $10 billion or more on a single advanced manufacturing plant.