Entrepreneur caught in the middle of the US-China Chip War

Semiconductor whizz Gerald Yin left the United States and spent 18 years in China building what he said would be a worldwide powerhouse in chipmaking equipment. Now the American citizen’s life’s work has been thrown into limbo as US restrictions undermine the global industrial integration he celebrated.

Mr. Yin’s company, Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc., or AMEC, had made great strides and was vying for industry leaders based in the United States and Japan when Washington stepped in. Decades younger than its rivals, the Chinese maker of etching equipment and other tools for the semiconductor industry has said it has picked up clients including Robert Bosch GmbH and U.S. chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc. Its equipment is used on dozens of production lines in Europe and Asia.

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