In U.S.-China Tech Feud, Taiwan Feels Heat From Both Sides

TAINAN, Taiwan — The United States and China are wrestling to lead the world in artificial intelligence, 5G wireless and other cutting-edge technologies. But the real wizardry that makes those advancements possible is being performed on a yam-shaped island that sits between them, geographically and politically.

On Taiwan’s southern rim, inside an arena-size facility stretched out among lush greenery and coconut palms, colossal machines are manipulating matter at unimaginably tiny scale. A powerful laser vaporizes droplets of molten tin, causing them to emit ultraviolet light. Mirrors focus the light into a beam, which draws features into a silicon wafer with the precision, as one researcher put it, “equivalent to shooting an arrow from Earth to hit an apple placed on the moon.”

The high-performance computer chips that emerge from this process go into the brains of the latest tech products from both sides of the Pacific. Or at least they

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The US and China could be headed for a ‘new cold war’ lasting a generation that forces countries to pick sides, one analyst says



Xi Jinping wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File Photo


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US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File Photo

  • The US and China could be headed for a “new cold war” that lasts a generation and would force countries to choose sides, CNBC reported a China analyst of Fitch Solutions as saying.
  • Despite countries in Southeast Asia intending to maintain friendly relations, they would be forced to side with one of the two largest global economies, Fitch’s Darren Tay said.
  • “Being in Asia, the pull from China’s gravity in terms of its size and its influence would be hard to resist,” Tay said at a virtual seminar.
  • Bans and blacklists on technology as well as a growing lack of trust are likely to cause cracks in relations, the analyst pointed out.
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A split in ideology between the US and China could lead to a

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