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Why Taiwan Will Send Tech Guru to APEC in November

Taiwan’s pick of a semiconductor magnate rather than a political figure as its envoy to a meeting of 21 Asian nations, including historical rival China, gives it a chance to showcase its tech prowess instead of its sticky position in geopolitics. Morris Chang, retired chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., will head the Taiwan delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit next month in Papua New Guinea. Taiwanese officials normally send political figures to the event that Chinese President Xi Jinping is also expected to attend. China sees self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway part of its territory rather than as a country, keeping relations chilled for decades. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said she picked Chang because of his status in global industry. He’s ideal to discuss Taiwan’s technology with world leaders, she said Oct. 3 in announcing the appointment. Chang is expected to focus away from geopolitics or China-Taiwan ties. “He qualifies as the best person to choose, because after all, these so-called (Taiwan) politicians, their level of international influence isn’t high enough,” said Liang Kuo-yuan, president of the think tank Polaris Research Institute in Taipei. “I believe that Morris will help speak for Taiwan at an appropriate time.” Message of high-tech prowess Taiwan has been a manufacturing hub since the 1980s for hardware such as PCs and, more recently, smartphones. Taiwanese firms often make those devices on contract for Apple and other major brands. Much of that hardware carries chips made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Now Taiwanese leaders hope to shift their technology sector, about one-fifth of GDP, more toward software, such as mobile apps, and software-hardware combinations, in line with world trends. The central government is pushing the industry to rely more on own-brand gear instead of contract work. Tsai asked Chang’s delegation at APEC to... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Why Taiwan Will Send Tech Guru to APEC in November, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Why Taiwan Will Send Tech Guru to APEC in November

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Saturday, 13 October, 2018

 

 

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