Young Voices | The establishment of Chip 4 is a bad decision
By Sun Jingnan, a student of Sichuan Agricultural University
In order to make its domestic and external challenges go away, the US has long been using political ploys to contain China's development. Signing various kinds of bills and establishing alliances are the ones that American politicians favor the most. In the Asia-Pacific region, the US also tries very hard to improve its relationship with China's neighbors. In terms of chips, the US has already achieved great success. However, it shows an obviously reluctant attitude towards win-win cooperation. The chip industry is highly globalized. It is the international division of labor that has propelled sustained and rapid advancement of chip technology. The achievement is the result of the combined force of the market and the choices of businesses. However, the US repeatedly uses the excuse of "free trade" to politicize sci-tech and business issues and tries to undermine international trade rules and split the global chip market through its "coercive diplomacy".
Recently, US President Biden signed the Chip and Science Act, and tried to persuade Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan Province to form an alliance called Chip 4. South Korea has the world's first-class level chip industry, Japan has made unique achievements in semiconductor materials and equipment technology, while Taiwan Province has the world's largest foundry company. Therefore, the US's plan is easy to be figured out, that is to form a barrier to make China excluded from the global semiconductor supply chain.
No matter how the United States beautifies its intention this time, we are well aware that this decision has violated the eternal truth of "win-win cooperation", which plays an irreplaceable role as a thruster in global development.
Encouraging others to advance is the basic principle to achieving win-win cooperation. Opposed to helping others make progress, the US achieves its purpose through its strategy of dividing, suppressing, and conquering. Because as long as others stand still, or even regress, it will make the US itself look like stepping towards, even if the truth is that the US doesn't get substantial development at all. In a highly integrated global economy, the chip industry also needs the support of globalization. The chip industry is just like a food chain where all the countries matter.
A large number of ill-effects will be caused due to a long-time international monopoly. In a short term, it may indeed bring certain benefits to the United States. In the long run. However, in the long run, the lack of global division of labor violates the laws governing the market economy, and it will inevitably fall to the point where chip technology cannot continue to progress anymore.
Besides, acknowledging the contribution made by other countries is also important to promote win-win cooperation. According to the data shown by IBS, the mainland contributed more than half of the global semiconductor market sales, reaching USD 299.1 billion. With the electronics which are made in China spreading around the world, the mainland is also known as"the workshop of the world". As an important participant in the food chain, China has played a vital role. Making China better involved in the chain and encouraging it to take advantage to promote international workshops is a wise choice. However, the US fails to consider it in a rational way. It is obvious that Chip 4 is an alliance with an overtly political purpose. The US's hegemonies and power politics are extraordinary interventions in free trade. American politicians may think that they are getting rid of their competitors, but actually, they are digging their own graves.
Finally, we should pay attention to the division of labor for win-win cooperation. The world is a community with a shared future. Each country in the world plays a different but unique role. This practice of the United States is full of hegemonic logic and Cold War mentality, which seriously disturbs the global chip supply chain, ignores the importance of the world division of labor and threatens the world economic order.
The United States should realize that cooperation can achieve a win-win situation, while malicious competition will only hurt both sides. Under globalization nowadays, all countries have been growing closer because of their common interests. The US should be tolerant, open and fair rather than narrow-minded and exclusive; should make contributions to promoting the stability of the global chain instead of violating the laws of market operation and damaging the global market. What the US is doing now is against the trend of the times and is highly unpopular. These moves will eventually end in failure.
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The author is a student of the English Department, College of Humanities, Sichuan Agricultural University.