By Courtney Donovan Smith Taishang Factories Disrupted by COVID-19 Taiwanese manufacturers in China, particularly those based in Shanghai and neighboring Kunshan, have suffered plant closures and supply chain issues due to China’s “dynamic zero-COVID” policies and the extended lockdown of the Shanghai region, widespread disruptions to trucking within China, and delays at the port of…

To capture a greater share of the booming digital assets business, Taiwan needs more comprehensive regulation and proactive government support for the industry. During his four years in office, former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Jason Hsu spoke of turning Taiwan into a “crypto nation.” It was always a long shot; the island’s financial services…

Upsurge in demand for products from the Baltic state came on the back of warming diplomatic relations. However, considerable obstacles to agri-food imports remain. What does Lithuania mean to Taiwan? Prior to 2021, perhaps only the presence of several of the country’s basketball players in the NBA. However, following donation in July and October last…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS MSCI Lowers Taiwan Index Weightings Global index provider MSCI published its quarterly index review on February 10. The latest review saw a drop in Taiwan’s weighting in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and the MSCI All-Country Asia ex-Japan…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Inbound FDI Drops by Over 18% in 2021 The Investment Commission announced on January 20 that it approved 2,711 foreign direct investment (FDI) applications in 2021, a 20.68% decrease from the year before. FDI last year totaled US$7.48…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Merck Announces Largest-Ever Taiwan Investment German science and technology firm Merck announced last week that it will invest approximately NT$17 billion in Taiwan over the next 5-7 years. The funds will primarily go toward the establishment of a…

A TSMC factory in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Second EPPD Held Virtually in November The second annual U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue (EPPD) took place on November 22. The U.S. State Department-led forum seeks to strengthen economic ties between the two partners in a number of strategic areas. This year’s EPPD was conducted virtually by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Entegris Doubles Investment in New Kaohsiung Plant American semiconductor materials company Entegris last week announced plans to double investment in its new Kaohsiung plant. The investment will total around US$500 million over the next three years. Sales of…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS First Commercial Geothermal Plant Goes Online The Cingshuei Geothermal Power Plant, Taiwan’s first commercial geothermal power-producing facility, began operations on November 23. The plant’s most significant feature is its ability to produce a 24-hour supply of renewable energy….

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS TSMC and Sony to Build Japan Chip Plant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp. (SSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group, announced on November 9 the joint establishment of Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing…