Changxin Memory Technoloiges Inc. (CSMT, also translated as Changxin Storage Technologies Inc., is a critical node within the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) semiconductor industrial project. CXMT serves both a key technological role in China’s quest for semiconductor security and an important organizational role in guaranteeing coordination throughout the broader Chinese microelectronic ecosystem. CXMT’s founding and flourishing have been hailed by the Chinese press as a critical “bottleneck counterattack,” a means of leveraging advanced foreign technology in order to shore up Chinese technological weakness – and flip the playing field of international industrial capacity.

By Nathan Picarsic and Emily de La Bruyère