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No Need to Blow Up TSMC in China War, Taiwan Security Chief Says

  • Head of Taiwan security bureau responds to war-gaming report
  • China ‘won’t be able to lay golden eggs’ if it seizes company
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Taiwan’s flagship semiconductor industry will not need to be destroyed in a Chinese invasion, the island’s security chief said, amid growing US concerns that Beijing could move to forcibly acquire the crucial Taiwanese chip technology.

Chen Ming-tong, director-general of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau, told lawmakers on Wednesday that it would be useless to take over facilities from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. if Beijing took control of the island. TSMC is highly integrated with the global supply chain, including suppliers such as ASML Holding NV of the Netherlands, so the US and other countries would be able to choke off its production without getting rid of its plants, he said.