CSIA calls for defending globalization of semiconductor industry

The China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA) called on the global semiconductor industry and academia to unite and defend the industry’s globalization, while opposing the U.S.-Dutch-Japanese deal on imposing new export controls and restrictions on chip manufacturing in China. “If the move becomes a reality, it will cause serious harm to the semiconductor industry in China, and will be detrimental to the global economy, as well as causing long-term damage to the interests of consumers worldwide,” the CSIA said in a statement. The Association protested destroying the existing global semiconductor ecosystem, and opposed interference in the process of global trade liberalization. It also said such acts distort the supply-demand equation. The Association objected to the attempt to exclude China’s semiconductor industry from the global innovation system and free competition market. “Semiconductors are at the core of the global digital infrastructure, which sets the foundation for a lot of people’s livelihoods in our modern society. The semiconductor industry is a global industry, and highly dependent on innovation and cooperation. Inappropriate intervention by governments and authorities can cause disruption to our industry,” the CSIA said.

Highlighting that China’s semiconductor market can create great economic value and promote global scientific and technological progress, the CSIA called on the global semiconductor industry and academia to unite and promote collaborative innovation, and continue to create benefits for the industry and human society. The CSIA also called on the Chinese government and the agencies concerned to establish rules for maintaining the healthy development of the global semiconductor industry. Foreign enterprises that defend the concept of globalization and the value of the global semiconductor industry can expect to receive the Association’s support for their business operations in the Chinese market, the CSIA said.

Last week, Kevin Noh, President of South Korean memory chip company SK Hynix, met Jin Zhuanglong, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, in Beijing to exchange views on deepening cooperation. “The U.S. government should stop using political power to disrupt the global chip industry,” said Zhong Xinlong, Senior Consultant at the China Center for Information Industry Development Consultancy, as reported by the China Daily.

According to the U.S.-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the Chinese mainland accounts for 23% of the global production of chips over 45 nanometers (nm), while the U.S. accounts for just 9%. For chips of 22 to 45 nm, Taiwan accounts for 92% and the Republic of Korea for 8% of the world's production. The U.S. leads in production of chips between 10 and 22 nanometers with 43%, while the Chinese mainland accounts for only 3%.