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…

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…

Over-the-top (OTT) platforms are experiencing a peak in popularity in Taiwan as the pandemic alters consumer habits and more people turn away from subscription cable services. However, proposed government regulations could create some significant barriers. More and more households worldwide are switching away from traditional cable television to view an increasing amount of audiovisual content…

This August, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), in partnership with U.S. tech multinational Cisco Systems, announced the launch of a 5G “open lab.” The initiative creates a platform where Taiwanese suppliers can apply to develop a range of 5G-related hardware and software, including small-cell base stations, IoT devices, and network switches, via Cisco’s cloud-based…

Following a knockout spectrum auction that ended earlier this year, Taiwan’s telecom operators have moved quickly to develop nationwide 5G networks, roll out 5G-specific applications and content for consumers, and begin partnering with other industries on a wide range of vertical applications. 2020 is the Year of 5G in Taiwan. While it may seem like…

Many of Taiwan’s major medical centers now house private clinics that offer premium services to patients with the means to pay out-of-pocket and provide the hospitals with an additional source of revenue. A quick glance at the waiting room at the Taiwan Adventist Hospital’s International Priority Care Center (PCC) reveals that this is no ordinary…

— By Jane Rickards and Don Shapiro  Ming and Qing Dynasty soldiers described Taiwan as a place where “disease is rampant.” Yet before large numbers of Han people began arriving in the mid-17th century, the island’s indigenous peoples had managed to live generally healthy lives. Japanese researchers later documented how the Austronesian peoples used local medicinal plants to cure various…

Aside from the large medical centers that enjoy significant economies of scale, many Taiwanese hospitals have been faced with financial difficulties due to rising costs. Many smaller hospitals have closed or merged, and the survivors have been looking for ways to cut expenses and increase revenues. The proportion of healthcare expenditures paid by patients out of…