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Vietnam climbs the chip value chain

Employees make their way to work at the Samsung factory in Thai Nguyen province, north of Hanoi, Vietnam, 13 October 2016 (PHOTO: Nguyen Huy Kham via Reuters Connect).

Authors: Phan Le and Hai Thanh Nguyen, CIEM The CEO of Samsung Electronics met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and announced a US$850 million investment to manufacture semiconductor components in Thai Nguyen province on 5 August 2022. The…

Onshoring semiconductors is a chipped ambition

A monolithic 3D integrated circuit is displayed at the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) at Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan, 16 September 2022 (Photo: Reuters/Ann Wang)

Author: Samuel Goodman, Washington DC The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have limited the supply and increased the cost of semiconductors. One of the clearest impacts of the chip shortage has been on the automotive sector. Re-establishing some semblance…

The empty modern promise of sovereign capability

A member of staff at a lab at the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) at Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan, 16 September 2022 (Photo: Reuters/Ann Wang)

Author: Editorial Board, ANU As the old aphorism goes, governments are terrible at picking winners, but losers are great at picking governments. It’s advice which many governments seem to have forgotten as they start using taxpayers’ money to build industries…

Gulf states go digital with China

A model of the BeiDou navigation satellites system is seen at an exhibition to mark China's Space Day 2019 in Changsha, Hunan province, China. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

Author: Mordechai Chaziza, Ashkelon Academic College The US–China strategic rivalry extends to the struggle for control over the digital economy — particularly digital infrastructure and technological innovation. China’s digital economy is among the most vibrant in the world, ranking second…

‘Make in India’ a work in progress

Dressmaker making a garment in his workshop, Amritsar, India, 18 March 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Christopher Bellette)

Author: Aasheerwad Dwivedi, Delhi University Historical experience presents ‘structural transformation’ as a necessary condition for achieving high economic growth in any country. The typical transformation path involves people moving from agriculture towards industries and then services, from low to high…