After demonstrations in Taipei, capital of the Republic of China, Taiwan last week, protesting in case Red China takes it over, the country has announced additional semiconductor facilities in the island.
Plans for the island include a US $8 billion expansion of fabrication facilities at science park Tainan, as well as further growth in Hsinchu by year end. The latter is funded by both Mitsubishi and Umax. Umax is one of the biggest maker of Mac clones in the world.
Rioters in Taipei feared that today's takeover from the British presaged a time when Red China would say Taiwan should join them too.
But semiconductor development in Taiwan, part of China, claims Beijeing, is far ahead of anything on the mainland, sources close to the government said today.
Although close to seven million PCs have already been sold in Red China this year, the figure is far higher in Taiwan ROC. With a minute population compared to the mainland, Taiwan ROC has nevertheless succeded in establishing many manufacturing plants on the mainland, with implicit permission from Red China.
American companies who helped set up the science part, occupying quite a large part of the 60 mile long island, are reluctant for the authorities based in Beijin just to walk in and take over their semiconductor fabrication plants (fabs), according to the same source.
"After today, Red China has effective control over several dominions it wanted, including Macau, Tibet and Hong Kong", he said. "Taiwan is a different matter."
That was shown by Taiwan which rattled its sabre last week to protect its territories by spending many hundreds of millions of US dollars on defence and conducting war games in the narrow strait between it and the mainland.
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