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Taiwan's army of migrant workers keep its chip economy running

COVID clusters in tech supply chain shine light on major vulnerability

King Yuan is testing all of its 7,300 employees in Taiwan, including more than 2,000 migrant workers. (Photo supplied by company).

TAIPEI -- Cristylyn was getting ready for a regular night shift at King Yuan Electronics when she was asked to take a COVID-19 test. Filipino colleagues at the factory in Miaoli in western Taiwan had contracted the virus.

"We were all very shocked that this happened," the line worker, who asked to be referred to by an alias, told Nikkei Asia.

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