What China does is NOT compete on a level playing field, but you already knew that, didn't you? Are we just supposed to turn a blind eye to how they operate?We also had some silly illegal US sanctions cause a run on fab space for 6 months as well. Huawei ordered 2 years worth of chips for production in a 3 month span before they could no longer order any. They gave their Chinese fab 2 or so years to catch up before they run out of stock.
People forget that a major player (20% market share by some estimates) just paid to put everyone else at TMSC on hold for 3 months at least so they could run 2 years worth of supply. So basically huawei had TMSC fab 50% of the WORLDS yearly smart phone chip supply so they could put them in a warehouse beside their phone factory.
So I would say thank Trump... but lets be honest it wouldn't have mattered much who was in the big office punishing China for daring to compete is part of the master plan. But it did help cause a world wide shortage on everything else. The chinese paid TMSC a metric fuck ton of cash to basically take over every fab line they could get while they could.