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Semiconductors -- Beijing versus the West

China's push runs into trouble amid trade war and US companies' tech theft fears

| China
While China's high tech efforts are being countered, Western competitors should think pragmatically and make the best of Washington's help.   © Reuters

Despite China's three-decade transformation into a manufacturing powerhouse and its rapid transition to a capital-intensive economy, the country still lags behind the West in key high technologies.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in semiconductors. Also known as integrated circuits, semiconductors are the lifeblood of all things digital, enabling everything from data processing to computerized defense systems.

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