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On April 16, 2018, the United States almost killed China telecommunications champion, ZTE, by banning US from supplying exports to the company. For China, this was a wake-up call: no longer could they rely on technology created in other countries.

As tensions have mounted between the US and China over trade, semiconductors have become one of many flashpoints and China is not content to continue business as usual. Instead, the government has quickly provided policy and financial support in a bid to create its own chip industry. Most recently, Yangtze Memory Technologies Corp (YMTC) revealed a memory chip that competes with Samsung and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) announced plans for a dual listing on the STAR Market.

All signs point to positive developments for China’s chip makers, but there are still many barriers in the way and they’re not all political. 

Join us on May 28 at 8 pm (GMT+8) to discuss when, if ever, China can achieve chip reliance and what that future may look like.


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Jan-Peter Kleinhans

Project Director “IT security in the Internet of Things” at Stiftung N-V

Jan-Peter Kleinhans is director of the project IT Security in the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently his work focuses on the intersection of global semiconductor supply chains, IT security, and geopolitics. He has a special interest in the security and resilience of our future mobile networks – 5G.
After joining SNV in 2014 Jan-Peter analyzed why the market failed to produce reasonably trustworthy consumer IoT devices. He explored if and how standardization, certification, and market surveillance can create economic incentives for IoT manufacturers to produce secure and trustworthy IoT devices.

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Stewart Randall

Director of operations and head of embedded software at intralink

Stewart was born in the UK but has lived in China for many years and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. He has worked in business development and market analysis roles for clients in ICT and cleantech, including mobile comms (networks and smartphones), CE (smart TVs, IoT), internet/e-commerce, semiconductor (IP and IC design services), solar and green composites. He has closed licensing deals on behalf of companies providing NoSQL databases, UI, embedded software/IP, LTE protocol stacks, and EDA tools. He’s also a TechNode contributor and has written a couple of insights include “Silicon | Can China make chips?” and “Silicon | China’s progress on homegrown CPUs“.


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Wei Sheng

Technode reporter

Wei Sheng is a Beijing-based reporter covering hardware, smartphone, and telecommunications, along with regulations and policies related to the China tech scene. Before joining TechNode, he wrote about China’s cyberculture, Internet privacy, and social media for various Chinese publications. 

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