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Chinese companies rush to make own chips as trade war bites

Internet giants Baidu and Alibaba plan AI semiconductors

Calls for self-reliance in China's semiconductor industry come as the U.S. tightens export controls of high technology.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese high-tech companies are rushing to produce their own semiconductors as rising trade and security tensions with the U.S. increase the risk that supplies from outside may be squeezed.

Internet search engine operator Baidu, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding and household electronics maker Gree Electric Appliances are among those who have moved into chip development as Washington attempts to curb China's growing influence in cutting edge technologies.

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