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Memory chip market set for a tumble as China moves in

Mega-producer of 3-D chips will have price-setting power

China's local governments offer memory makers strong financial incentives, enticing both established foreign firms and domestic companies looking to crack the high-end chip market.

TOKYO -- China's state-backed investment in cutting-edge memory chips could set global prices tumbling if output is not carefully controlled, repeating the boom-and-bust pattern of markets such as display panels and solar cells.

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