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Taiwan to aid businesses transferring production bases as US-China trade conflict escalates: MOEA
Taiwan News ^ | 2018/08/02 | Huang Tzu-ti

Posted on 08/05/2018 7:25:09 AM PDT by Tai_Chung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalating, Taiwan will adopt a two-pronged approach to assist affected industries, including efforts to ensure a smooth transfer of their production lines from China back to Taiwan or southward, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said Thursday.

As the U.S. is set to hit US$200 billion-worth of imports from China with a hike in tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent, Shen remarked that Taiwanese businesses whose end market is the U.S. are most likely to bear the brunt of the impact, such as internet and telecommunication services providers, bicycle manufacturers, machinery producers, and petrochemical product suppliers, reported the Liberty Times.

In response to the brewing crisis between the world’s two largest economies, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said it would provide adequate aid to businesses planning to move their production bases back to Taiwan. Shen elaborated that the government will help the businesses address the “five shortages,” namely the lack of water, electricity, land, factories, and talent.

For Taiwanese businesses adopting the practice of offshoring due to such factors as land, labor, environmental concerns, or cost, and which have not yet prepared for an industry upgrade, the MOEA will assist them to relocate to New Southbound Policy countries, the report quoted Shen as saying.

A task force dedicated to figuring out solutions in the face of the U.S.-China trade conflict was established on July 17 by MOEA, Shen reckoned, adding that the unit will provide answers to industry woes regarding production base transfer, tariff barrier removal, competitiveness enhancement, and prevention of illegal transshipment and dumping, Liberty Times wrote.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: china; taiwan; trade
It's nice to see that countries/companies are preparing to leave China. The risk for China is that time may not be on their side.

It was interesting to see the "five shortages" listed. Democrat policies tend to create shortages of all 5 of them in the United States.

1 posted on 08/05/2018 7:25:09 AM PDT by Tai_Chung
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To: Tai_Chung
After numerous personal anecdotal experiences:

Given two products similar in function etc, 99% of the time the item made in Taiwan is far superior to the Chicom version.
The progress of Taiwanese manufacturing puts me in mind of Japan's postwar journey from LOL crap to some of the best in the world.

2 posted on 08/05/2018 7:35:41 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Tai_Chung

I love it!

3 posted on 08/05/2018 7:47:58 AM PDT by SpeedyInTexas
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To: Tai_Chung

It is merely a plan. Majority of Taiwan businessmen (in Mainland) are not supporters of current government.

4 posted on 08/05/2018 8:31:43 AM PDT by granada
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To: granada

Taiwan and China trade is like the Krauts buying their natural gas from Russia. Need to reel it in.

5 posted on 08/05/2018 10:32:50 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: tomkat

Noticed this, too. Especially products made of stainless steel.

6 posted on 08/05/2018 11:12:26 AM PDT by The Westerner (Protect the most vulnerable: get the government out of medicine and education.)
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