Taiwan representative doubts China’s chip making technology; underscores Taiwan’s prowess in it

Taiwan’s representative to Washington, Alexander Yui, underscores Taiwan’s dedication to semiconductor innovation amid concerns over China’s technological pursuits in regard to semiconductors and questions China’s prowess in chip technology.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Taiwan’s representative to Washington, Alexander Yui, unveiled Taiwan’s perspective on China’s relentless pursuit of semiconductor technology and its impact on global markets. Yui, who recently assumed his role in December, emphasized Taiwan’s commitment to innovation and investment in the semiconductor industry, whilst also addressing concerns over China’s alleged unfair practices.

Yui cast doubts on China’s ability to match Taiwan’s chip technology prowess, asserting that despite significant investments, Chinese chipmakers have yet to achieve parity. He expressed skepticism towards reports suggesting that China was on the brink of producing next-generation smartphone processors, countering assertions made by Donald Trump, regarding Taiwan’s role in the loss of American semiconductor jobs.
Highlighting the strategic importance of semiconductor technology, Yui underscored Taiwan’s vigilance in safeguarding its talent pool from illegal poaching by Chinese companies. He revealed that Taiwan’s espionage agencies have been actively investigating such activities to protect its intellectual property and national interests.

Moreover, Yui addressed concerns raised by Washington regarding China’s coercive tactics in obtaining strategic technology and its impact on global technological competitiveness. He emphasised the need for international cooperation to counter such threats, particularly through legislative measures aimed at curbing technology transfer to China.

Discussing the burgeoning partnership between Taiwan and the United States in the semiconductor industry, Yui mentioned the establishment of Taiwanese semiconductor giant, TSMC, in Arizona. He hinted at further collaborations between Taiwanese companies and the United States, highlighting the strategic repositioning of Taiwanese firms in response to evolving global dynamics.

On the issue of military security, Yui welcomed support from the U.S. Congress and administration to bolster Taiwan’s defence capabilities. However, he downplayed the possibility of stockpiling munitions and defence articles on the island, citing logistical and geopolitical considerations.

In conclusion, Yui’s insights shed light on Taiwan’s steadfast commitment to technological innovation and its efforts to navigate complex geopolitical dynamics, particularly in the semiconductor industry. As China continues its quest for technological advancement, Taiwan remains a key player in shaping the future of global semiconductor innovation.