Paul van Gerven

Taiwan’s silicon shield is strong as ever

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As much as China would love control over Taiwan’s world-leading semiconductor industry, it can’t risk taking it by force.

Proponents of Europe working towards self-sufficiency in semiconductor technology probably feel their positions strengthened after a record number of Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan’s air defense zone recently. After all, the beefed-up incursions seem to reinforce the notion that China won’t stop until it has brought the “renegade province” to its knees. With countless European companies, directly or indirectly, depending on chips that are manufactured on the island, this poses a major threat to Europe’s economy and security. What more reason do we need to start reinvigorating our semiconductor activities?

It’s not as simple as that. Ironically, the world-leading position of Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is an important factor in what’s keeping China from turning its military posturing into an outright invasion.

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