Chip Giant TSMC Warns That Chinese Invasion Could Make Equipment Unusable

As part of Nancy Pelosi’s Asian tour, Taiwanese chip giant TSMC warns that an invasion would render its equipment ‘unusable.’ “No one can control TSMC by force,” TSMC CEO Mark Liu said in a rare interview on CNN Monday.

 

The visit of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has fueled tensions between the United States and China. Pelosi is expected in Singapore on Monday, the first stop of her Asian tour that could also include a visit to Taiwan. However, even a brief visit by Pelosi to Taiwan could be seen as a provocation by Beijing.

“In the event of military force or invasion,” TSMC’s equipment will become “unusable,” the TSMC CEO warned. ‘The installations are so advanced.

They depend on a real-time connection to the outside world, to Europe, Japan, and the United States,” he said. “From materials to chemicals and parts, to software,” it’s the “efforts of everyone that make the processes work,” he said.

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