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Will Taiwan’s ‘Silicon Shield’ save it from China?

Will Taiwan’s ‘Silicon Shield’ save it from China?
Will Taiwan’s ‘Silicon Shield’ save it from China?

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The ongoing power rivalry between the US and China is increasingly tied to access to high-end semiconductor chips, with Taiwan dominating the global production of advanced chips. This reliance on Taiwan for advanced semiconductors acts as a 'Silicon Shield' for both the US and China, making it more likely that the US will defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion. However, recent developments in the global chip landscape, including Taiwan's retreat from mainland China and diversification of its economic engagement, may impact the importance of the 'Silicon Shield' theory. Additionally, China's ongoing indigenisation drive in its semiconductor industry has not been effective, leading to continued reliance on foreign suppliers. These factors raise questions about the role of Taiwan in China's calculus for an invasion and the future security scenario across the Taiwan Strait.

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