[February 25, 2023](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Xia Yu) Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Saturday (February 25) that the “Fab 4” of Taiwan, the United States, Japan and South Korea led by the United States ( Also known as “Chip 4”,chipQuadruple Alliance)semiconductorThe alliance held its first videoconference of senior officials last week to focus on supply chain resilience.
In September last year, the United States held the first meeting of the “Fab 4” working group to discuss the globalchipHow to Strengthen After Crunchsemiconductorsupply chain.
The semiconductor shortage has forced some automakers to halt production, thrusting chip production base Taiwan into the spotlight and making supply chain management a higher priority for governments around the world.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that after months of coordination, the “U.S.-East Asia Semiconductor Supply Chain Resilience Working Group” or “Fab 4” held its first video conference of senior officials of the working group on February 16, Reuters reported.
“Discussions by the four parties at the meeting focused on how to maintain the resilience of the semiconductor supply chain and explore possible future cooperation directions for all parties,” the ministry said in a statement.
“As an important member of the Indo-Pacific region, we also play a key role in the global semiconductor industry and have deep economic and trade relations with countries in the region,” the statement said.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry did not detail which officials attended the meeting.
According to Yonhap News Agency, citing an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, the official meeting of the semiconductor supply chain working group of the South Korea, the United States, Japan and Taiwan (Chip 4 or Fab 4) was held on the 16th, hosted by the United States and organized by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). .
In March 2022, the U.S. government proposed to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to form a “Quadruple Chip Alliance.” The alliance will erect a “semiconductor barrier” against the CCP. In addition to the United States being the leader in the field of chip design technology, Japan has core semiconductor materials, components and equipment technology, Taiwan has an absolute advantage in the field of chip manufacturing, and South Korea has strong competitiveness in the field of memory chips and foundry.
The members of the chip quartet include TSMC, the world’s largest foundry chip manufacturer, South Korean memory chip giants Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, and major Japanese semiconductor material and equipment suppliers.
The U.S. government announced export control measures against the CCP’s chip technology and equipment in October 2022. The new regulations will be implemented in phases before full implementation in September 2023. The Ministry of Commerce of the Communist Party of China stated at the time that the CCP opposes the new US chip bill and will take strong measures to protect its legitimate rights and interests if necessary.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said the island is committed to ensuring partners have a reliable supply of semiconductors, which she calls “democratic chips,” and has urged allies to step up cooperation amid heightened threats from China.
The CCP has never given up its ambition to seize Taiwan by force. Although the CCP has not ruled Taiwan for a day, Beijing regards democratically administered Taiwan as its own territory.
Responsible editor: Li Huanyu#