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Trade war gives China's chip equipment makers room to grow

Beijing plays down its ongoing semiconductor ambitions amid U.S. push back

Demand from domestic companies is expected to give a lift to China's chip industry ambitions. (Nikkei montage)

SHANGHAI/TAIPEI -- China's chip equipment makers are seeing an uptick in domestic demand thanks to the trade war, giving them an opportunity to finally gain ground on global rivals like Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron.

Beijing-backed startup Skyverse says it will start selling its chip testing technology to major Chinese chipmakers this year, a development that Marketing Manager Leo He attributes at least partly to the trade tensions with the U.S.

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