Taiwan, Japan eye ‘comprehensive cooperation’ on chips

FILE PHOTO: Semiconductor chips are pictured at the factory of chip packaging company Unisem (M) Berhad in Ipoh
FILE PHOTO: Semiconductor chips are pictured at the factory of chip packaging company Unisem (M) Berhad in Ipoh, Malaysia October 15, 2021. REUTERS / Lim Huey Teng / File Photo

December 24, 2021

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan and Japan’s ruling parties on Friday agreed to have “comprehensive cooperation” on semiconductors and hold regular talks, Taiwanese lawmakers said. , after de facto discussions between the two governments.

Although China-claimed Taiwan and Japan do not have formal diplomatic relations, they do have close informal relations and both share concerns about China, especially its neighbors. Increased military activity near the two sides.

The talks, attended by two senior lawmakers, each from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), took place online and followed the initial consultation at the end of August.

DPP lawmaker Chiu Chih-wei told reporters that chips are not only a problem for the Japanese industry, but like the rest of the world is facing a shortage of semiconductors, but also a problem. security issues in the face of China.

“Both sides agreed that in the future there will be more cooperation on the chip supply chain, there will be a framework, a complete system, for comprehensive cooperation in semiconductors and industries. other businesses that the two countries value,” he said.

Japanese officials said they have agreed with the Taiwanese side that both they and the United States need to work together to build flexible supply chains in areas such as semiconductors.

Akimasa Ishikawa, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who attended the meeting, told reporters: “We need to do our best to solve the semiconductor shortage at the moment, but areas of cooperation. Will expand as we move forward. “One of the big challenges will be how the three countries work together to respond to China’s high-tech investments.”

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. said last month it would build a $7 billion chip factory in Japan with Sony Corporation. TSMC, a major Apple supplier, manufactures some of the world’s most advanced semiconductors.

The head of the DPP’s international department, Lo Chih-cheng, who is also a senior lawmaker for the DPP, added that the two sides agreed in the future their dialogue would become regular.

The Japanese side also reaffirmed its support for Taiwan’s participation in the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, which China also wants to join, Lo said.

However, Lo said that military issues were not discussed in these talks.

Japan’s Kyodo news agency said on Thursday, citing unnamed Japanese government sources, amid rising tensions between the island and China.

In October, the Japanese government signaled more assertively about China’s aggressive posture toward Taiwan, suggesting it would weigh options and prepare for “different scenarios.”

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Gerry Doyle) Taiwan, Japan eye ‘comprehensive cooperation’ on chips

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