Re: How long chips remain cheap remains to be seen
a lot of chip makers aren't in S.E. asia. just pointing that out.
But yeah, there are work safety and environmental issues in S.E. Asia, with China being high up on that list. They've been grossly polluting their cities, not just 'the occasional violation' as it would seem. fortunately the western world has made such irresponsibility illegal. Nobody wants dirty water/air. And don't try telling me Republicans are FOR it, either. (That's just FUD).
Some of the worst examples of employee exploitation, dangerous working conditions, and environmental pollution are in a COMMUNIST country. Think about it.
[A strong labor union or two, as well as some noisy environmental wacko groups, might actually do them some good... I hate to admit]
Still, the ONE thing that will render nearly all of that irrelevant will be automated chip factories in the USA and EU. Then the price can be low WITHOUT throwing a "mass of low wage bodies" at the manufacturing side. Instead you'll have a handful of technically competent well paid people managing the robots, and it would make more sense to have these factories "over here" for cost, transportation, and potentially political reasons.
Cheap chips will remain. The way their made, not so much.