China Innovation Policy Series


News & Opinion

China's Pursuit of Semiconductor Independence

Event Information 

Thursday, February 28, 2019
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

CSIS | 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, DC  | 2nd Floor Conference Center

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This is the third sectoral report of CSIS's China Innovation Policy Series (CIPS), a joint project of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and the Technology Policy Program to better understand Chinese innovation policy, the actual performance record of Chinese innovation efforts, as well as the implications for various industries, China’s trading partners, and the global economy. 

Semiconductors and microelectronics are the backbone of the digital economy and closely linked to national security. Recognizing this, China intends to gain semiconductor independence through espionage and immense investments, but it lags behind the U.S. If China achieves a dominant position in semiconductors it will likely use it for intelligence, military, commercial, and political advantage. At this event, we will discuss potential policy responses the U.S. can take to strengthen the position of American semiconductor companies and prevent the potential damaging effects of China's behavior.
 We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our partners: Microsoft Corporation, the General Electric Foundation, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Semiconductor Industry Association, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).



James A. Lewis
Senior Vice President & Director, Technology Policy Program


Erin Ennis
Senior Vice President, The U.S.-China Business Council

Rob Atkinson
President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Jimmy Goodrich
Vice President, Global policy, Semiconductor industry Association

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Mingda Qiu