A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Microsoft begins hiring to boost Taiwan R&D Microsoft announced on February 5 that it would work to make Taiwan a global technology research and development hub. The company said it is confident in the island’s strong integration of…

Reliance on China has never been riskier for Taiwan’s semiconductor sector. Industry giants like TSMC are now investing to increase production capacity in the U.S. as means of threading the needle on the American tech dispute with China. China has long exerted a gravitational pull on Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. The China market’s size, proximity, and…

A more hostile environment for journalists and NGOs in China and Hong Kong could make Taiwan an ideal location to open regional bureaus and offices. Taiwan is arguably one of the world’s most misunderstood places. Even major media corporations often get it wrong. For example, last December U.S.-based ABC News mistakenly referred to Tsai Ing-wen…

How have other, less well-reported-on industries coped with the changes brought on by this global pandemic? Insiders say that digital transformation and flexibility are crucial. This year as the economic impact of coronavirus rippled around the world, the hardship of some industries was more conspicuous than at others. Images of ghostly streets in Milan and…

By Austin Babb and Jason Wu Hsiao Attends Biden Inauguration Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s representative to the U.S., was formally invited to attend the inauguration of U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on January 20, the first such invitation extended to a Taiwanese diplomat in four decades. In previous years, envoys from Taiwan were granted entry…

As newly inaugurated President Joseph R. Biden Jr. took office last month, many questions remained about what direction U.S.-Taiwan relations would take under his leadership. While Biden and his Cabinet picks did espouse strong support for Taiwan policy during his presidential campaign, most observers agree that the opening months of his presidency will mostly be…

By Austin Babb and Jason Wu Economic Diversity Through New Tech In a recent interview with the Central News Agency (CNA), Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua noted that in addition to Taiwan’s robust semiconductor industry, the rise of 5G and electric vehicles (EV) offer an opportunity for the island’s economy to diversify. Taiwan’s exceptional…

Taiwan has capitalized on the U.S.-China trade dispute and superb pandemic control to revitalize its position as a technology hub. In less than three years’ time, Taiwan has rejuvenated its position in global supply chains. The exodus of manufacturers to China is ancient history. Instead, many of them have been choosing to come home, first…