25th September 2023 – (Beijing) Amidst ongoing U.S. efforts to undermine China’s semiconductor progress, China has impressively increased its chip equipment self-sufficiency rate to over 40%. This rapid localisation, doubling in just two years, shows China’s resolve to achieve technological independence.
China’s vigorous cultivation of domestic semiconductor capability counters America’s misguided belief that economic coercion can impede China’s rise. Despite restrictions, China is advancing faster than expected across semiconductors and even challenging U.S. dominance in spheres like AI and supercomputing.
Huawei’s new Mate 60 Pro smartphone, powered by a Chinese-made 7nm chip, encapsulates China’s semiconductor success. Its release conspicuously coincided with the U.S. Commerce Secretary’s visit, almost mocking failed U.S. sanctions. Huawei has emerged as a leader in sectors like AI despite U.S. bans.
This underscores how China has negated U.S. curbs. With China’s immense market and strong manufacturing capabilities, it can nurture self-reliance. China-developed analog GPUs now compete with NVIDIA. Mass production prowess means China could alleviate global GPU shortages.
The U.S. also pressured Netherlands-based ASML to restrict advanced lithography systems sales to China. But China is progressing in making its own next-gen lithography equipment. Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment will soon launch China’s first domestic 28nm lithography system.
More crucially, Chinese researchers have pioneered game-changing innovation using particle accelerators to generate powerful laser sources for chip fabrication. This technology promises high-volume, low-cost production of bleeding-edge 2nm semiconductors and beyond.
Rather than reducing equipment size like ASML, China plans a huge accelerator complex driving multiple lithography machines. This revolutionary technique could propel China to global leadership in advanced chip manufacturing.
The Tsinghua University team behind this breakthrough is actively planning the project’s rollout with government support. Their novel method overcomes limitations of current approaches dependent on scarce foreign technology.
This demonstrates China’s strength in scientific innovation. Revolutionary homegrown advances like this particle accelerator laser source offer pathways to technological self-determination that bypass constraints imposed by others.
China’s semiconductor progress defies U.S. containment despite ballooning R&D investment and vigorous government support. Data shows Chinese semiconductor firms now boast R&D spending ratios topping competitors. Government incentives have stimulated explosive growth.
Nor are China’s advances confined to hardware. Chinese AI firms like Huawei and SenseTime are quickly closing the gap with the U.S. Huawei’s new LLMs can compete with leaders like Google and Microsoft. Despite U.S. GPU sales bans, Chinese companies exploit workarounds, unwilling to abandon this crucial market.
In effect, America’s obsessive suppression is backfiring by simply motivating China to attain self-sufficiency. NVIDIA itself admits China restrictions threaten permanent revenue loss, far outweighing any temporary protection for U.S. firms. Rather than stifling China’s rise, they are stifling their own competitiveness.
The U.S. also demands allies copy its counterproductive stance, straining relations. China’s expanding global economic integration offers emerging economies far greater benefit. Ultimately China’s technological progress is unstoppable. Attempts to thwart it only undermine America’s own interests.
This futile new Cold War reflects fears of waning U.S. influence versus China’s ascendancy. Although America retains strengths, fixating on opposition rather than constructive competition is counterproductive. China’s flourishing semiconductor breakthroughs and scientific ingenuity show its development cannot be obstructed. No nation’s progress can be halted when its people are fully empowered.ShareLike