Focus on Taiwan and China to strengthen the protection of semiconductor secrets


Taipei — The Taiwanese government has proposed a new law on Thursday to prevent China from stealing chip technology amid growing concerns about Beijing intensifying industrial espionage.

Technology powerhouse Taiwan manufactures most of the world’s most advanced semiconductor chips, from fighters to mobile phones, and the government mimics its success in economic spying, poaching talent, and other methods. I have long been concerned about China’s efforts to do so.

The Taiwanese cabinet has proposed a new crime against “economic espionage” under the National Security Act and has sentenced anyone who leaked core technology to China or “foreign enemy forces” to up to 12 years in prison. Stated.

Using Chip Giant TSMC’s state-of-the-art 2 nanometer chip manufacturing technology as an example, Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng could consider such technology to be essential to Taiwan’s safety under the new law. Regarding trade secrets that are sexual and therefore require additional protection in addition to existing legislation.

“Everyone knows that TSMC … has world-leading technology,” Lo said. “If their technology is stolen, it will have serious consequences.”

A designated court for economic espionage crimes will be set up to speed up the trial, Law added.

The government also proposed strengthening the law to prevent Chinese companies from illegally poaching Taiwanese resources through companies established in third countries.

It also tightened punishment for China’s investment in Taiwan in an illegal way, which the government said has led to many cases of industrial espionage in recent years.

“In recent years, the penetration of the red supply chain into Taiwan’s industry has become more and more serious,” Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said in a statement, referring to Chinese technology suppliers.

“They plundered the tech talent of our country and stole the country’s core and key technology.”

The Taiwanese parliament must pass the amendment before it is enacted.

By Yimou Lee

Reuters

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