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Taiwan bans recruitment for jobs in China to combat brain drain

Home of TSMC and Foxconn takes drastic move to secure lead in semiconductors

The Semicon China trade fair in Shanghai in March: Taiwan is looking to prevent brain drain in its semiconductor industry.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has told staffing companies to remove all listings for jobs in China, a drastic move to prevent the outflow of vital tech talent to the mainland amid rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing.

The Labor Ministry said that all Taiwanese and foreign staffing companies on the island as a general rule may no longer post openings for jobs located in China, especially those involving critical industries such as integrated circuits and semiconductors, according to a notice seen by Nikkei Asia.

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