Chinese Semiconductor Industrial Policy: Past and Present

United States International Trade Commission Journal of International Commerce and Economics, July 2019

29 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2019

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John VerWey

Government of the United States of America - International Trade Commission

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

This is the first of two papers that analyze China’s semiconductor industrial policies and factors that will dictate their success or failure. China’s attempts since 2014 to support and grow its domestic semiconductor industry have drawn considerable international attention. The purpose of this series is to place into context the various attempts by the Chinese government to support its domestic semiconductor industry, dating back to the 1950s. Part one presents a history of China’s past efforts at semiconductor industrial planning, describes the current plans, and discusses their execution to date. Part two explains why previous plans have failed, how lessons learned from past failures have been incorporated into current plans, and examines their prospects for success, finding that China’s current strategy will likely not achieve its aims.

The second paper in this two-part series can be found at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3441959

Keywords: China, Semiconductors, International Trade, Global Value Chains, Industrial Planning, Made in China 2025, Integrated Circuits

JEL Classification: F1, L16, O25

Suggested Citation

VerWey, John, Chinese Semiconductor Industrial Policy: Past and Present (July 2019). United States International Trade Commission Journal of International Commerce and Economics, July 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3441951

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