Taiwan Weekly is a newsletter released every week by Fair Winds Foundation and Association of Foreign Relations that provides coverage and perspectives into the latest developments in Taiwan.

TSMC's Global Strategy

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has inaugurated its Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing (JASM) Kumamoto Fab with an investment of US$8.6 billion.

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Dispute in Kinmen-Xiamen Waters Heats Up

A mainland Chinese fishing boat, refusing inspection in the waters near Kinmen, was chased by Taiwan's coast guard vessels, resulting in the boat capsizing and two deaths.

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Should President Tsai Visit Taiping Island?

The Coast Guard Administration (CGA), Ocean Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, has confirmed that the "Nansha Islands Taiping Island Harbor Dredging and Pier Renovation Project,” which cost approximately NT$1.7 billion (about US$55.3 million), has been completed and passed inspection.

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TSMC 1-Nanometer Fab to Set Foot in Chiayi

After Taiwan's presidential election, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced that it will expand its third 2-nanometer chip fabrication plant in Kaohsiung, suspend the building of a second fab in the United States, and build its 1-nm fab in Chiayi County.

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Nauru Severs Diplomatic Relations with Taiwan, 12 Allies Remain

Immediately following Vice President William Lai's victory in the presidential election, Nauru announced the termination of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) in a lightning-fast manner.

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Challenges Facing Lai as President

Taiwan held its presidential election on January 13, and Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) William Lai won with 5,586,019 votes, securing a 40.05 percent vote share, becoming the 16th-term president.

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Lai Questions R.O.C. Constitution, Highlighting Pro-Independence Stance

The presidential debate on December 30 featured a question from media representatives about whether the candidates acknowledged the Constitution of the Republic of China.

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Taiwan Counts Down to Presidential Election As "China" Factor Ferments

Two weeks before the election, Reuters reported that the Taiwanese band Mayday had received "political pressure" from mainland China to publicly express support for "One China."

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Major Earthquake in TSMC Leadership

In a significant move, Chairman Mark Liu of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has declared that he will not participate in the next board director nomination and will retire after the shareholder meeting next year.

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Is Taiwan Prepared to Face China's Economic Sanctions?

Results of the trade barrier investigation by mainland China, initially scheduled for release on January 12 next year, were unexpectedly disclosed ahead of time on December 15, leaving Taiwan in speculation and commotion.

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