South Korea has expressed concern over the the US blocking foreign investment incentives in chips manufacturing, mitigating Western dependency on China
South Korea has requested that Washington reviews its new semiconductor subsidies criteria. A US public filing showed that South Korea is concerned over the impact of US restrictions on chip investment in countries such as China.
In March 2022, the US commerce department proposed the US CHIPS Act, which included $52bn foreign investment incentives to increase the US semiconductor manufacturing capacity. The move was designed to mitigate Western dependency on Asian chip manufacturing.
One of the rules South Korea is now asking the US to review prevents recipients of US CHIPS Act funding from building new facilities in China and other countries deemed to have national security concerns.
According to Reuters, South Korea said, “The Republic of Korea believes guardrail provisions should not be implemented in a manner that imposes an unreasonable burden on companies investing in the United States,”
While giving no further details, the South’s Yonhap news agency said Seoul had asked to raise the limit from 5% to 10%.
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