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TSMC Founder Says Congratulating Xi on Party Congress Was 'Personal'

  • Morris Chang says Taipei told him not to avoid Xi at APEC
  • TSMC has become central to tensions between US and China
Morris Chang
Morris ChangPhotographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. founder Morris Chang said the congratulations he offered Chinese President Xi Jinping about the congress that his ruling Communist Party recently held were his own “personal” view.

“Taiwan’s Presidential Office told me beforehand that if there was an opportunity, there was no need to avoid meeting or greeting him,” Chang said Monday at a press conference in Taipei held to brief journalists on his role as the island’s envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last week in Thailand.