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Chu, Ming-chin Monique (2008) 'Controlling the Uncontrollable: The Migration of the Taiwanese Semiconductor Industry to China and its Security Ramification.' China Perspectives (1). pp. 54-68.

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This paper summarises preliminary findings of a contextually rich case study that explores the link between globalisation and security. Following a broad-based and multidisciplinary widener’s approach, the paper explores the strategic aspects of the migration of the Taiwanese semiconductor industry to China as part of the globalisation processes. Based on a triangulation of interviews and secondary data analysed thus far, the paper first explores the drivers of industry migration and the means by which Taiwanese state regulations are violated by related business operations. It then contends that these profit-driven activities have triggered multi-layered strategic challenges for Taiwan and the USA involving technological and defence security. Four inter-linked aspects of the strategic ramifications are analysed: (1) industrial base concerns; (2) technological risks associated with the dual-use nature of chip technology and the foreign supply of critical chips; (3) concerns reinforced by mainland Chinese institutional reforms and perceptions; (4) risks reinforced by the Taiwan factor. The paper concludes by calling for an embrace of a widener’s approach to the study of security.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Taiwan, China, USA, semiconductor industry, dual-use, information security, globalisation of production, impact of globalisation on security
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Centre of Taiwan Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 19964617
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 15:07

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