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'Made in China' chip drive falls far short of 70% self-sufficiency

16% produced domestically as equipment delays hamper push toward 2025 target

SiEn Integrated Circuits has thrown itself into China's campaign to attain semiconductor self-sufficiency. (Photo by Shunsuke Tabeta)

BEIJING -- The Chinese government's goal of meeting 70% of its semiconductor needs through domestic supply remains a long way off, private-sector research shows, with an estimated self-sufficiency rate of 16% last year despite an all-out government push to boost production.

In an event in Beijing late last month, SAIC Motor President Wang Xiaoqiu started off a conversation with Feng Xingya, his counterpart at Guangzhou Automobile Group, by asking how he was faring with buying chips that month.

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