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China lets Wuhan tech plants bypass lockdown to stay open

Beijing's chip and display ambitions collide with efforts to contain coronavirus

Beijing is keen to keep key chip and display projects on track amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Source photos by BOE Technology Group and Getty Images) 

TAIPEI -- Chip and display makers in virus-hit Wuhan are being given special permission to continue operating and even bypass quarantine guidelines in order to avoid major production disruptions, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned, as the government continues to push its national tech ambitions despite the epidemic.

Flash memory maker Yangtze Memory Technologies, China's hope for creating a rival to Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, Kioxia and Micron, received special approval from local and central governments to continue to ship products out of the city and has been receiving materials for production since the start of February, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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