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Sanction semiconductors to deter China's Taiwan ambitions

China spends more on microchips than crude oil

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A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan: Semiconductor sanctions require commitment from only a handful of companies.   © Reuters

Liam Gibson is a Taipei-based geopolitical analyst and the founder of Policy People, a podcast and newsletter platform for think tank experts. He currently serves as the international public relations director at a Taiwan-based NGO, Asia-Pacific Youth Association.

President Joe Biden's comments last week that the U.S. would use its military to defend Taiwan if Beijing were to attempt to take the island by force raises the question of whether deterrence can be boosted by creating a multilateral semiconductor sanctions regime to be triggered in the event that China started a war over the island.

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