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China’s Found the Perfect Patsy to Tackle U.S. Chipmakers

The path to North America winds through Taiwan.

UMC used to be a world leader.

UMC used to be a world leader.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

It’s not hard to work out who’s being played here.

Taiwan’s United Microelectronics Corp. won a patent case it brought against Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology Inc. in a Chinese court. So on the surface, this poor little Taiwanese David defeats the big bad American Goliath. The Chinese court even ordered that Micron chips be halted from import or sale in Asia’s biggest economy, according to UMC.