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An invasion of Taiwan would shut down global chip production as ‘nobody can control TSMC by force.’

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This week saw US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visit Taiwan. She is the highest level US government official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. The subsequent reaction by China, including ongoing island encircling live fire military exercises (opens in new tab), threatens an already precarious geopolitical situation.

Taiwan-based Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is Asia’s most valuable company. It makes many of the chips we talk about at PC Gamer, including the CPUs and GPUs in our PCs, and the chips in our phones. Given the importance of TSMC, not just to the global technology industry but to the global economy itself, these latest tensions threaten nothing less than disaster. And that’s all before considering the humanitarian, political, and military consequences of a Chinese invasion.

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