Episode length 26:14
November 6, 2019
Your smartphone is assembled from hundreds of sophisticated parts,
many of which are made in China. But the key elements—the parts that
actually make your smartphone "smart"—come from just a few
factories in the world, none of which are in China.
China and the Global Smartphone Economy
On this episode, our hosts Candace Browning, Brett Hodess, Chris Hyzy
and Helen Qiao unpack the complex technology needed to make a
smartphone, including the semiconductors and software—made in large
part by American companies—that power it. Through this lens, they
explore the larger race for technological leadership between the U.S.
and China, including issues around intellectual property and national
security. They also look at the effect of this high-tech competition
on economic growth in both countries, the potential drawbacks, and how
it could ultimately benefit everything from manufacturing and 3-D
printing, to defense and the health care sector—creating potential
investment opportunities in its wake.
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