Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Credit: Shutterstock We get it: all the stories about semiconductors can be confusing. The technology, the supply chains, the business interests, and the geopolitical jostling for supremacy are near constant news items these days in U.S.-China relations. Just this week, China’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, announced plans for a secondary listing in Shanghai that would raise up to $7.6 billion — the biggest fundraising in China in a decade, according to Caixin. To help clarify what semiconductors are, who the leading businesses are, and why the industry has become such a flash point for U.S.-China tensions, we put together the below explainer. It’s a useful accompaniment to this week’s op-ed from Doug Fuller about Huawei, but we suspect it will be a handy reference for the foreseeable future. What are semiconductors? And why have they become such a big deal to U.S.-China relations? Scientists from SUNY Poly's Colleges of NSubscribe, register or login to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.