Taiwan Auto Chip Shortage not Main Topic for U.S. Meeting

Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Meihua said on Thursday a global shortage of auto chips will not be a main topic for a meeting with the United States on Friday, as carmakers are grappling with a supply crunch that has hit production.

The State Department has said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations Matt Murray would take part in the closed door meeting. It will be the most senior announced exchange between Taiwan and U.S. President Joe Bidens administration so far.

Car factories around the world are shutting assembly lines because of the chip shortages, which in some cases have been exacerbated by the former U.S. administrations actions against Chinese chip factories.

Wang said semiconductors will be the main topic of the rare highlevel economic talk between Taipei and Washington, but noted that the main focus of the meeting is not on auto chips.

Its actually a broader theme of future collaboration and goals for the semiconductor supply chain, she told reporters.

Wang acknowledged that the chip shortage had led to a great impact on the global scale, but she said as a democratic government, Taiwan cannot interfere in company operations.

Taiwan, home to tech firms like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd TSMC, the worlds largest contract chip maker, has become front and centre of efforts to resolve the shortage.

Germanys economy minister wrote to Wang last month to call for help to resolve the problem, and last week she met chip company…

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