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In Depth: Clash of two tech whizzes reflects SMIC at crossroads

Distinctly different styles with returning vice chair led to co-CEO's departure

SMIC's talent issue was center stage last month, when a high-profile shuffling in its top echelons broke into public view involving two highly respected industry veterans.   © Reuters

One was a fatherly mentor figure, the other a brash wunderkind.

This tale of two industry veterans, whose clash at the top of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) made headlines in December, could well summarize the difficult situation China's leading microchip-maker faces as it stands at a crossroads in its brief history.

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