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China's Auto-Chip Hoarding Probe Should Be Worrying Distributors

New Ford F-Series pickup trucks stored in a lot due to the semiconductor shortage.

New Ford F-Series pickup trucks stored in a lot due to the semiconductor shortage.

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Chen Yudong, the head of Bosch in China, started his speech at a forum in April with an apology aimed at automakers. Chen said the supplier had tried its very best to make more semiconductors but, just couldn’t churn out enough for everybody. He was sincere, though Bosch isn’t really the party at fault (even if Elon Musk would beg to differ). To the contrary, the companies in China that have made the chip shortage even worse by hoarding and inflating prices have remained silent. They may soon face the consequences.