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US-China decoupling easier said than done: Western Digital CEO

Semiconductor chief doesn't want world to split into rival tech camps

A display at Semicon China: The supply and development of chips has become a national security objective for countries around the world.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With China both a technological competitor to the U.S. and a coveted market for American companies, chipmakers like Western Digital must navigate a business landscape studded with pitfalls.

Semiconductors are essential for both the iPhones and Teslas that consumers crave and the advanced radar and precision-guided weapons that militaries demand. Yet U.S. pressure to restrict Chinese access to American supply chains shows no sign of easing under President Joe Biden.

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