Global Chipmakers Soar As China Establishes Working Group With US To Deal With Shortages

China semiconductor firms soared on Thursday following news that the main industry association will work with its U.S. counterpart to discuss supply chain safety and trade restrictions. According to SCMP, the China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA) has set up a working group with US technology companies to help deal with issues such as "export controls and supply chain security."

CSIA announced the new partnership on Thursday, and there's already speculation that President Biden could ease some trade restrictions against Chinese semiconductor firms to reduce the global chip shortage. This would benefit Huawei Technologies and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), both reeling from chip shortages. 

After a multi-week stock plunge, Chinese tech companies surged following news CSIA will work with US tech firms to alleviate supply chain woes and restrictions. The team consists of ten semiconductor firms from each country and will meet twice a year to address industry concerns. 

Following the report, a flurry of activity in Hong Kong lifted local semi companies: Hua Hong Semiconductor jumped 13%, Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics +14%, SMIC +12% On the mainland, SMIC +7.5%, National Silicon Industry Group +9.6%, Will Semiconductor +7.4%, Maxscend Microelectronics +5.2%.

Optimism also spread to Europe, where tech stocks climbed as much as 1.4% on CSIA's announcement. Shares in chip stocks rallied, with Infineon +2.7%, STMicro +1.7%, AMS +1.6%

The working group is expected to promote "deeper mutual understanding and trust" between the Chinese and US semiconductor companies. CSIA's counterpart is the Washington-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA); they have yet to announce the new partnership. 

William Deng, an analyst at UBS in Hong Kong, said the working group could create better communication among industry players to avoid market imbalances. 

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