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China's Micron ban creates chip dilemma for Samsung, SK Hynix

Move could leave supply gaps but U.S. has urged South Korea not to fill them

China has been pushing for great self-sufficiency in key tech such as microchips. (Source photo by AP) 

SEOUL/TAIPEI/LONDON -- China's crackdown on U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology has left its South Korean peers facing a dilemma: expand their own market share in Asia's largest economy and risk irking Washington, or refrain from doing so and potentially anger Beijing.

Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are the two biggest makers of memory chips in the world, followed by Micron at No. 3. All three companies do significant business in China, though only the two South Korean makers have extensive production facilities in the country.

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