This year, China’s reliance on foreign technology was once again brought into the spotlight. While the country first began to ruminate over its dependence on international tech in 2013, Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE has brought the discussion to the fore.

After the company was found to have violated US sanctions on Iran and North Korea, it was banned from sourcing components from American manufacturers, which provided the majority of its chips. The ban has subsequently been lifted, but the collective contemplation remains.

Chinese tech companies have now begun announcing a slew of homegrown chips. From Bytedance—the owner of popular content aggregator Jinri Toutiao—to Alibaba. the Chinese chip industry has seen rapid development.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.