China Pushes for More Samsung Investment Amid US-China Chip Tension

By Thea Felicity

May 26, 2024 10:20 AM EDT

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Chinese Premier Li Qiang has warmly welcomed Samsung Chairman Jay Y. Lee for further investment by the Korean conglomerate in China, which the state news agency Xinhua reported, according to Reuters.

The high-stakes meeting between China's second-highest-ranking official, Premier Li, and the influential Korean executive, Chairman Lee, was held in Seoul. This crucial summit, which also involved South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, marked the first three-way talks among these Asian neighbors in over four years.

Amid the turmoil of US-China trade relations, as reported by VCPost, Premier Li's encouragement for Korean investment in China takes on a significant role. This move comes as foreign businesses, including tech giants Samsung and Apple, continue to compete in the Chinese market. 

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Korea and Japan in the Chinese Market

Despite Samsung Electronics' substantial investment of $ 24 billion over the past six years, the Korean tech giant is not immune to the mounting challenges in the Chinese market. The company is grappling with the repercussions of the US-China tensions, particularly the export controls imposed by Washington to limit China's access to advanced chips.

Li's decision to engage with a Samsung executive mirrors earlier sentiments expressed during bilateral discussions with President Yoon, where he encouraged increased investment and business activities by Korean enterprises in China. 

He also emphasized the importance of cooperation between Beijing and Seoul in protecting the stability of industrial supply chains.

VCPost also mentioned that the three-way meeting between the countries will address market supplies, aiming to replace the US' position following the trade war with China.

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