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US-China tensions

China's SMIC stockpiles chip equipment to counter US restrictions

Efforts to secure crucial machinery and parts began early this year

SMIC is simultaneously attempting to raise its technical capabilities and ween itself off of American technology. (Nikkei montage)

TAIPEI -- China's top chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Co. is stocking up on production equipment and crucial replacement parts in a sign that it has been braced for months for the U.S. to tighten export restrictions, Nikkei Asia has learned.

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