The United States and Taiwan are natural partners when it comes to it semiconductors and promoting such cooperation is a U.S. priority, the de facto U.S. ambassador to Taiwan said Thursday.
Washington has increasingly seen technological power and democratically governed Taiwan as a key part of its change strategy. global supply chains away from China, especially in terms of technology and chip companies.
Speaking at the pioneering ceremony of a new chip manufacturing plant for Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. in central Taiwan, Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT), said he was there “to reiterate the ‘US government’ s approach to supply chain security “. .
“Both President Biden and President Tsai have rightly identified the semiconductor industry as a key strategic priority, not only for economic innovation but also for national security,” he said, according to a transcript of his comments provided. for his office.
Christensen noted last year’s launch of the partnership dialogue on economic prosperity between the United States and Taiwan as a way to “build a coalition to counter the PRC’s unfair economic and investment policies,” in reference in the People’s Republic of China.
“The United States and Taiwan are the world’s most natural partners in the semiconductor supply chain with a large number of companies throughout the value chain, and AIT will continue to be a priority to support this cooperation.”
Taiwanese President Tsai, who attended the same event, said she would ensure that the government would fully support the development of the semiconductor industry, describing it as a “mountain range that protects the country.”
Taiwan’s central role in chip production has been concentrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, with growing demand for laptops, tablets and other equipment to drive the work-from-home trend benefiting companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker.
Foreign governments and companies have also begged Taiwan to help address the shortage of car chips that have left factories around the world behind.
American companies don’t stop either, and this week Intel Corp. announced a $ 20 billion plan to expand its advanced chip manufacturing capacity.