The US-China tech war is getting worse. Apple is paying the price

It starts with competition — not just in handsets, but in the semiconductors that power them. Unlike its major European rivals Ericsson and Nokia, Huawei has chosen to compete in the lucrative high-end smartphone market in China, devoting considerable effort to R&D and marketing. Huawei’s secret weapon, HiSilicon — its semiconductor design arm — has begun designing dedicated smartphone chipsets that now give Huawei phones capabilities near or on par with the iPhone. Fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), Huawei’s neural network processors and other custom chips have given the Chinese firm the ability to compete in terms of cost and features in a way that was unimaginable even two years ago. Trump’s misplaced economic policies could sink the …