- White House asks South Korea to discourage its chipmakers from filling Micron's market gap if China bans Micron chips.
- US officials believe that the CAC probe into Micron is Beijing's retaliation against President Biden's tough actions to prevent China from obtaining advanced semiconductors.
- The Micron case is a litmus test of whether Beijing is willing to take coercive economic measures against a major US company for the first time.
- The US has requested Seoul to encourage Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix to hold back from boosting sales to China if Micron is banned from selling.
- Chips are at the heart of some of the deepest faultlines between Washington and Beijing.
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US urges South Korea not to fill China shortfalls if Beijing bans Micron chips
The US has asked South Korea to urge its chipmakers not to fill any market gap in China if Beijing bans Idaho-based Micron from selling chips, as it tries to rally allies to counter Chinese economic coercion. The Micron case is a litmus test of whether Beijing is willing to take coercive economic me