Semiconductor equipment development has higher priority than AI and chips.Semiconductor equipment development deals with fundamental science, such as electrons, light, atoms, and molecules.
Artificial intelligence deals with algorithm and data base. Higher up application
Without equipment, chips cannot be made.
Therefore Semiconductor equipment is the most fundamental, China absolutely cannot use US equipments at all.
Accurate summary. True. But doing both simultaneously is better. Full effort on equipment development especially lithography.
No equipment independence means no chip independence