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The global shortage of semiconductors has made the fierce competition in the tech industry even more cutthroat.   © Illustration by Michael Tsang
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How the chip shortage got so bad -- and why it's so hard to fix

Surging demand and political tension play havoc with global supply chains

CHENG TING-FANG and LAULY LI, Nikkei staff writers | Taiwan

TAIPEI -- By the time that Dung, the founder and CEO of a hardware startup in Taipei, realized the global tech industry was facing a serious chip shortage, there was little he could do about it.

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