For all the discussion of China in the Conservative leadership race this week, there was one topic that was conspicuous in its absence: China’s dominance in tech.
Currently, China is the undisputed world champion of tech manufacturing, having spent decades making significant investments in building its capability. Meanwhile, about 80 per cent of the world’s silicon semi-conductors, which are widely used in phones, laptops and other electronic devices, are currently manufactured in nearby Taiwan, whose government identified semi-conductors as a key plank of its economic strategy more than 40 years ago. These chips — and the devices that they are used in — might be designed in the West, but those designs are brought into being in factories and workshops in Asia.
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