China’s Progress in Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment

Accelerants and Policy Implications

Will Hunt

Saif M. Khan

Dahlia Peterson

March 2021

To reduce its dependence on the United States and its allies for semiconductors, China is building domestic semiconductor manufacturing facilities by importing U.S., Japanese, and Dutch semiconductor manufacturing equipment. In the longer term, it also hopes to indigenize this equipment to replace imports. U.S. and allied policy responses to China’s efforts will significantly affect its prospects for success in this challenging task.

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