EU eyes Asian chip partnership

The European Union has turned to Asia to find some reliable partners in developing semiconductors, as a shortage has paralyzed production lines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told NHK in Tokyo on Tuesday that "the epicenter of the geopolitics of semiconductors" is in Asia. He said companies in the region account for 70 to 80 percent of production worldwide.

Breton added that tensions between the US and China have amplified the shortage. The commissioner is scheduled to meet with government and business officials during his stay in Japan to encourage them to invest in and share the technology.

Semiconductors serve as the brains inside cars, smart phones and other electronics. The United States and China have taken strides to increase domestic production.