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Chip shortage could draw US into conflict with China, war game finds


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A new study has highlighted how American dependence on Taiwan for semiconductors could fuel a crisis conflict with China amid a global chip shortage.

The war game results from the Center for a New American Security were released on Thursday, comparing US reliance on Taiwanese chips to America’s former dependence on the Middle East for oil.

The new war game envisions a scenario in which production at three Taiwanese semiconductor foundries suddenly fails, raising questions about whether a Chinese cyberattack is to blame.

In the scenario, the incident touches off a crisis between China in the US, devastating the world economy and potentially leading to a military confrontation.

Home to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest chip foundry, Taiwan produces more than half of the world’s semiconductors, and nearly all of the highly advanced ones.

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