China's debate over whether to import or build strategic technology has been long-running.

Rhetoric aside, what do China’s semiconductor insiders really think about the nation’s self-reliance drive?

  • This is the second in a series of in-depth articles examining China’s efforts to build a stronger domestic semiconductor industry amid rising trade tensions
  • Here we look at what some of China’s leading industry insiders think about the issue of whether it is better to build or buy chip technology
Topic |   US-China tech war

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China's debate over whether to import or build strategic technology has been long-running.
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Semiconductor silicon wafer undergoing probe testing. Photo: Shutterstock

China needs ‘five to 10 years’ to catch up in semiconductors, Peking University professor Zhou Zhiping says

  • China was not that far behind the West in semiconductors in the 1970s, but fell behind
  • Semiconductor veteran says the mainland is at least two to three generations behind the US and Taiwan
Topic |   Semiconductors

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