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US keen to shelter chip-tech patents from China

Tsinghua Unigroup's Chairman Zhao Weiguo

TOKYO -- Tsinghua Unigroup's attempts to acquire stakes in foreign companies have made headlines throughout international media, not to mention caught the attention of the global chip industry. The company's proposals have included a buyout offer for U.S. memory chipmaker Micron Technology and a bid for a 15% stake in U.S. harddisk drive manufacturer Western Digital.

However, the Beijing-backed chipmaker was forced to withdraw both proposals, largely due to negative reaction from the U.S. authorities. A tie-up with Taiwan's Siliconware Precision Industries was also cancelled, effectively blocked by the government of newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen.

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