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Chip decoupling risks costly failure, TSMC founder warns APEC

Taiwan envoy Morris Chang calls for free trade in civilian semiconductors

A display at the Semicon China trade show in Shanghai:    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Efforts by nations to bring chip production onshore could backfire, failing to achieve self-sufficiency despite massive cost outlays, warned Morris Chang, the founder of top contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

"If no one says anything about this, it could turn out to be terrible," Chang told a news conference Friday following an informal Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, where he served as Taiwan's envoy.

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