Morris Chang, founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., completed his mission as President Tsai Ing-wen’s APEC envoy and conveyed four messages on her behalf at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum Economic Leaders’ Meeting Nov. 17 in the U.S. city of San Francisco, according to the Presidential Office.
Questioned during an international press event held later the same day in the U.S. city, Chang said he had social interaction with U.S. President Joe Biden and in-depth discussions with Vice President Kamala Harris and National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard.
Chang said that during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, he emphasized the importance of peace and prosperity in the region to enhance supply chain resilience, citing TSMC’s annual production capacity expansion in Taiwan while it is also investing in the U.S. and Japan. He added that, during a meeting with Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the latter expressed satisfaction regarding the progress of TSMC’s investment in Kumamoto Prefecture.
In response to questions regarding the U.S.’ plan to revitalize its semiconductor industry by 2030, Chang said both Taiwan and South Korea have gone through tough competition to get to where they are today, so they are used to a competitive environment.
Chang said he had engaged in relatively serious discussions with representatives of more than half of APEC’s member economies primarily on peace, economic development and supply chain resilience. He added that interest in semiconductors has increased in recent years, and many are curious about why Taiwan is so successful in this particular field. (SFC-E)
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