About 25 years ago Nippon Mining & Sumitomo Metals ( both Japanese ) got into semiconductors. Sumitomo is one of the largest suppliers of raw Si wafers to Fabs. They even have a factory in the US.
The Chinese are merely copying with assistance from US veterans ( as reported here like this Mr. Sparks, ex Delco ) made homeless by Wall St.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.