The Taiwan Economy Minister, Wang Mei-hua has assured the US and others that the government is on the course to tackle the global shortage of semiconductors production.
Mr. Wang made this assurance during a talk with the newly-appointed de facto US ambassador in Taipei that the government is aware that the global shortage in semiconductor has made some auto production lines idle and this shl be sorted out soon.
Recall that Democratic US senators from Michigan and Ohio last week asked the Taiwanese government to help address the shortage, given that the island is a major semiconductor producer and seen as central to efforts to resolve the problem.
Wang said the top US diplomat in Taiwan, Sandra Oudkirk, had raised the issue of chip shortages during a meeting on Monday.
The issue has taken on a strong diplomatic hue as Taiwan scrambles to reassure the United States, its most important international supporter and arms supplier, that it is doing all it can, especially at a time when Taipei is facing increased military pressure from China, which views Taiwan as its own.
Last month, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, said the auto chip shortage would gradually ease for its customers from this quarter but it expected overall semiconductor capacity tightness to extend possibly into next year.
Taiwan’s Foxconn, which assembles Apple’s iPhone handsets, cautioned this month it needed to watch closely whether the worsening COVID-19 crisis in Asia would further rattle the global tech supply chain.