Chinese industrial espionage threatens US

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, so it shouldn’t be surprising that, every once in a while, the Trump administration actually gets something right. This is exactly what happened when the US Justice Department announced that it was bringing charges against two semiconductor companies, one Taiwanese and one Chinese, for conspiring to steal proprietary trade secrets from a US company.

The firm in question is Micron, an Idaho-based company that manufactures dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) chips, a critical component found in nearly all digital electronic devices. DRAM chips can be relatively simple (such as are found in pocket calculators or video games), or extremely complex, such as in computers or weapons systems.

Micron is the last company in the United States producing DRAM chips, and it holds nearly a quarter of the global market. Its leadership status in this field made it a tempting target

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