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chinaChina’s Semiconductor Catchup is Critical to Future Technology Competition

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Dr. Walden Rhines, Chief Executive Officer, Mentor Graphics talked about the semiconductor industry. Semiconductors are critical to global technological competition. The world-class semiconductor companies are in the USA, South Korea and Taiwan. Japan and Europe have solid semiconductor technology as …

energyTaiwan’s Ruling DPP Will Continue Nuclear Phaseout Against the Will of the People

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Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) made public a revised national energy policy to continue a nuclear energy phaseout despite a vote by the people of Taiwan to continue using nuclear power. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has determined …

chinaThreat of Taiwan-China Unification War

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China’s president Xi gave a speech which opens the door to re-unify Taiwan and China using a war. Beijing previously assumed the Taiwanese would eventually decide to reunite with the mainland. The Taiwanese once widely forecasted that communist rule would …

energyTaiwan is Still Moving to Shutdown Nuclear Reactor Despite Pro-Nuclear Vote

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Taiwan’s recent election passed a pro-nuclear measure with a 59-41 majority. The will of the Taiwan people was to stop the phasing out of nuclear power. The ruling DPP party has an anti-nuclear power policy and passed a law in …

energyTaiwan Votes for Nuclear Power

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Taiwanese voters on Saturday decisively rejected the government’s phase-out of nuclear power, 59% to 41%. After shutting down a nuclear reactor, Taiwan had a black-out in 2017 that threatened the vital semiconductor industry. A Trend Survey Research poll commissioned by …

politicsTaiwan Election has KMT Winning Key Cities

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The DPP lost the Kaohsiung mayoral election. DPP had held that city for 20 years. The KMT won the central city of Taichung and in New Taipei. Close Taipei Election Will Have Suit to Invalidate Only a few hundred votes …

euv lithographyTSMC will starting full EUV lithography of 5 nanometer chips April 2019

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TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor) taped out its first chip in a process making limited use of extreme ultraviolet lithography and will start risk production in April on a 5-nm node with full EUV. The foundry’s update showed that area and power …

chinaChina will spend big to fix semiconductor dependence as they imported $260 billion in chips versus $162 billion in oil

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China imported US$260 billion worth of semiconductors in 2017, more than its $162 billion imports of crude oil. Chinese-made chips made up less than 20% of domestic demand in the same year, according to the China Semiconductor Industry Association. As …

chinaChina’s Navy is triple Taiwan’s Navy but a D-Day type invasion would be tough

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The Pentagon report indicates that China’s navy and air assets are about ten times Taiwan’s capabilities but assesses a Chinese amphibious D-Day invasion as a risky and challenging operation for China. China has military capabilities which could successfully intervene in …

chinaChina is spending millions on engineering and geological work for the 84 mile rail tunnel to Taiwan

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In 2017, Chinese Academy of Engineering completed a detailed design for an 84 mile long Tunnel to Taiwan. The Academy is the largest central governmental advisory body on infrastructural construction. Beijing included a cross-strait high-speed rail network in its then-new …