When the US's new policy of levying tariffs on tens of billions of dollars in Chinese goods is in force tomorrow, only chips worth $250 million will be affected. But these tariffsRaised the deeper anxiety of US semiconductor companiesThey are worried that close trade links with China have been interrupted, and that Washington is aiming at protecting the key parts of the US technology industry.
The semiconductor industry association in Washington said the complexity of the semiconductor supply chain means that US companies will lose more than their Chinese counterparts. With the second proposed tariff list coming soon —— this time the chip will account for a larger proportion —— anxiety is rising. American companies say that if the Trump administration wants to protect them from the misappropriation of their intellectual property by Chinese people, they use the wrong weapon.