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China pushes domestic chip development

Acquisition of foreign makers is no longer in the cards

Semicon China attracts 1,000 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors from all over the world this year as the Chinese chip market booms.

BEIJING/SHANGHAI -- China's global acquisitions to fill technology gaps may have ground to a halt, but the country's quest to boost its semiconductor sector continues.

Chinese officials and tech executives agree that foreign regulators are increasingly wary of capital from the world's second largest economy, making it difficult to buy foreign chip providers. "We have to be prepared for more failures when it comes to overseas acquisitions," Sun Yuwang, a long-time industry veteran and president of China Fortune-Tech Capital, told the Semicon China conference in Shanghai on March 15. "The best time for us to buy good chip companies has already passed," he said.

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