WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
The current shortage of semiconductors may be largely down to issues caused by the covid pandemic, but of course the existing trade tensions around the world, especially those between China and the United States, are also playing their part.
And as Professor Rana Mitter, Director of Oxford University’s China Centre explains, the race to rise to the top of the semiconductor industry just might be the next geopolitical flashpoint.
MEET THE EXPERT
Rana Mitter is a Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and Director of the China Centre at Oxford University.
He is the author of a number of books, including “Modern China: A Very Short Introduction” and the “A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World”. His most recent publication “China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival” was named as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times and the Economist and won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature.
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