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China chip school teaches ways of Huawei and talent-hungry peers

Government aims to train engineers needed to ease shortage and counter US

A student works in a microchip lab at China's Nanjing IC Training Base, which strives to match students to potential employers upon graduation. (Photo courtesy of Nanjing IC Training Base)

NANJING, China -- The Chinese government is on a mission to make up a shortfall of hundreds of thousands of semiconductor engineers, as the country works up a voracious appetite for chips and spars with the U.S.

Globally, the tech industry faces a shortage of the microchips that power everything from smartphones to earphones to car sensors. It also lacks enough skilled talent to produce them, especially in China, which consumes about a quarter of the world's output.

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