Taiwan semiconductor giant TSMC slammed for doing business with Huawei

‘Technology should serve the public good,’ said Taiwanese commentator Yang Sen-hong

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/06/03
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The decision by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturer, to continue its trade with Huawei has drawn criticism amid a global movement to boycott the Chinese telecommunications multinational.

On the Youtube program Echo Chamber (童溫層) aired on Sunday (June 2), Taiwanese human rights advocate Yang Sen-hong (楊憲宏) questioned the justifiability of the company’s policy to keep providing electronic components for Huawei.

According to the show’s host, Taiwanese attorney Winifred Tung (童文薰), TSMC implements an “export control and analysis system” and has determined that its business with Huawei does not violate the protocol that “any U.S. technologies, materials, and applications involved in the production of goods shall not exceed the 25 percent limit.”

Yang called on TSMC to review its outdated corporate philosophy that seeks to solve political issues through legal means. He argued that the US-China trade war has moved beyond the realms of price and interest and has become a fight for values and justice.

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