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Tsai visits TSMC

Tsai visits TSMC

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen visited Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman Morris Chang at his headquarters in Hsinchu Wednesday to discuss economic topics.
The visit to the world’s biggest contract chip manufacturer comes just eight months before a presidential election in which Tsai is already a frontrunner, but Chang emphasized he was not taking sides.
They visited the company’s high-tech labs together, discussed economic issues and then appeared before the media together. Chang said he welcomed Tsai asking for his opinions in her capacity as a presidential candidate.
The TSMC chairman welcomed Tsai and her delegation of top advisers at the entrance of the building in what was a first for a presidential candidate, reports said, though the company emphasized the visit had nothing to do with politics.
In public remarks, Tsai said she was interested in hearing Chang’s views about future trends in the semiconductor sector and about the development of Taiwan’s economy. She added she also wanted to listen to his comments about the employment situation, the environment, energy use and the social responsibility of enterprises.
The tour of the plant was held without the media, who were only allowed to attend Tsai’s arrival and the joint news appearance at the end of her visit.
Chang founded TSMC in 1987 and saw the contract chip foundry grow to the largest of its kind in the world. He has maintained a neutral position in the party-political landscape, but that has not stopped him from commenting on important political issues.


Updated : 2021-09-24 11:06 GMT+08:00