Taiwan. Taiwan is considering cooperation with the three Eastern European countries on semiconductors, the minister said Thursday, and the move is likely to find approval in Brussels, which is persuading Taiwanese semiconductor firms to produce in the block.
Taiwan Technology Center, home to companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC), has become a focal point for efforts to tackle the chip shortage that has shut down some car production lines around the world and whose impact is now being felt in consumer electronics too.
While TSMC is building a $ 12 billion chip factory in the US state of Arizona, it has not expressed any suggestions of interest in a similar venture in Europe, despite EU efforts to stimulate such investment.
Kung Min-hsin, who heads the Taiwan National Development Council, told reporters after his visits to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania last month that all three countries have mentioned they want to work on chips with the island.
He added that Taiwan will set up working groups with three countries to develop ways of cooperating in the field of chips, and Taiwan will also provide scholarships for technical training.
“The entire semiconductor supply chain is huge. Many countries can play different roles, ”said Kung.
Taiwan was keen to express its gratitude to the three countries for their COVID-19 vaccine donation, as well as for the support of Lithuania and the Czech Republic as Taiwan faced increasing political pressure from China.
Neither the EU nor its member states have formal diplomatic relations with Chinese and democratically governed Taiwan, but Taipei has sought to strengthen its relationship with the bloc by emphasizing their shared values of freedom and democracy.
The European Commission has proposed legislation to increase chip production and has become interested in Taiwan’s participation.
Kung said it would be difficult for Europe to do it alone.
“Therefore, they hope to cooperate with Taiwan,” he added.