On April 8th, 2023, Michael McCaul, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, met with representatives from Taiwan’s integrated circuit (IC) industry and national defense entrepreneurs to discuss potential cooperation opportunities. The meeting was held virtually, reflecting the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel.
The discussion focused on ways to enhance cooperation between the United States and Taiwan in the fields of ICs and national defense. Taiwan has long been a leader in the IC industry, with companies such as TSMC playing a crucial role in the global semiconductor supply chain. The country has also invested heavily in national defense, particularly in response to increasing threats from China.
McCaul emphasized the importance of ensuring Taiwan’s continued participation in the global IC supply chain, particularly in light of China’s efforts to dominate the industry. He also expressed support for Taiwan’s efforts to strengthen its national defense capabilities and urged closer cooperation between the United States and Taiwan in this area.
The meeting was attended by representatives from several leading Taiwanese IC companies, including TSMC, MediaTek, and UMC. National defense entrepreneurs were also in attendance, reflecting Taiwan’s growing focus on developing advanced technologies for military use.
Exploring Cooperation Opportunities
The discussion highlighted several potential areas for cooperation between the United States and Taiwan. One key area is the development of advanced IC technologies, particularly in areas such as AI and 5G. Taiwan’s expertise in these areas could be leveraged to support the United States in its efforts to maintain technological leadership and competitiveness.
Another area of potential cooperation is in the field of national defense. Taiwan has invested heavily in developing advanced military technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced radar systems, and cyber defense capabilities. Closer collaboration between the United States and Taiwan in these areas could enhance both countries’ national security.
Overall, the meeting between Michael McCaul and Taiwan’s IC and national defense entrepreneurs represents an important step in strengthening ties between the United States and Taiwan. As China’s influence continues to grow, it is increasingly important for the United States to deepen its relationships with like-minded partners such as Taiwan.
By leveraging Taiwan’s expertise in areas such as ICs and national defense, the United States can enhance its own technological capabilities and national security, while also supporting a critical partner in the Asia-Pacific region.