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Taiwan looking at chip cooperation with Eastern European nations

TAIPEI, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Taiwan is looking at cooperating with three Eastern European international locations on semiconductors, a minister mentioned on Thursday, a transfer prone to discover favour in Brussels which has been courting Taiwanese semiconductor companies to fabricate within the bloc.

Tech powerhouse Taiwan, house to firms equivalent to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW), has grow to be entrance and centre of efforts to resolve a scarcity of chips that has shut some auto manufacturing traces around the globe and whose impression is now being felt in client electronics too.

While TSMC is constructing a $12 billion chip fabrication plant within the U.S. state of Arizona, it has given no suggestion of curiosity in an identical facility in Europe, regardless of EU efforts to spur such funding.

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Kung Ming-hsin, who heads Taiwan’s National Development Council, informed reporters following his go to to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania final month that every one three international locations had talked about they wished to work on chips with the island.

Taiwan will arrange working teams with the three international locations to work out find out how to cooperate on chips, whereas Taiwan can even give scholarships for technical coaching, he added.

“The whole semiconductor supply chain is enormous. Many countries can play different roles,” Kung mentioned.

Taiwan has been eager to specific its gratitude to the three international locations for his or her donations of COVID-19 vaccines, and likewise, for Lithuania and the Czech Republic’s help as Taiwan confronted rising political strain from China.

Neither the EU nor its member states have formal diplomatic ties with Chinese-claimed and democratically-ruled Taiwan, however Taipei has sought to bolster its relations with the bloc by stressing their shared values of freedom and democracy.

The European Commission has proposed laws to spice up chip manufacturing, and has angled for Taiwan’s involvement.

Kung mentioned it will be onerous for Europe to try this by itself.

“So they hope to cooperate with Taiwan,” he added.

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Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

MediaTek chips are seen on a development board at the MediaTek booth during the 2015 Computex exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

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