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by UnHerd Staff
Wednesday, 15
March 2023

Chris Miller: Get ready for the chip wars

Could microchips stop China invading Taiwan?
by UnHerd Staff

Semiconductors are for the 21st century what oil was for the 20th — the material resource that fuels the entire modern economy. And, much like oil in the Seventies, our leaders are waking up to the fact that microchip manufacturing is a rivalrous geopolitical issue; in the mounting Sino-American cold war, both power blocs are competing for the military and economic advantages they confer.

Chris Miller, author of Chip War, spoke to Freddie Sayers about how semiconductors became such a vexed issue, the purpose of America’s protectionist CHIPS Act, and the chances of military confrontation over Taiwan, the world capital of microchip manufacturing, which he places at 20%.

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Dougie Undersub
Dougie Undersub
6 months ago

Oil and gas are still for the 21C exactly what they were for the 20C. It’s just a shame that our glorious leaders are going to ruin Western economies before that truth dawns on them.