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Will Taiwan Chip Engineers be Key to Tech Supremacy? – SCMP

The US and China may soon be locked in a recruitment battle for Taiwanese semiconductor talent as the world’s most powerful nations bid to ramp up their computer chip capacity


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Semiconductor start-ups in China have been recruiting top chip fabrication (Fab) talents since last year in a bid to develop high-level chips. File photo: Reuters.

 

Analysts say the US and China may soon be locked in a recruitment battle for Taiwanese semiconductor talent as the world’s most powerful nations bid to ramp up domestic chip capacity, according to the South China Morning Post. China wants to be self-sufficient in production of computer chips but lacks experienced semiconductor staff.

A report late last year predicted that China would see a shortfall of 200,000 semiconductor experts by 2023, with about a quarter of positions in the sector not being filled. That has made it aggressively pursue engineers from Taiwan and for Taipei to warn that people who help transfer chip expertise to the mainland will be prosecuted. Meanwhile, security analysts in the US are saying special visas should be given to experienced fab workers from Taiwan or Korea.

Read the full story: South China Morning Post.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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