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Exclusive: Washington pressures TSMC to make chips in US

Pentagon fears Chinese interference in Taiwan's semiconductor giant

The Pentagon is worried because chipmaker TSMC produces components for Chinese telecom giant Huawei as well as U.S. military suppliers. (Nikkei montage/source photo by Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- Washington has upped the pressure on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to produce its military-use chips in the U.S., in order to ensure that the world's biggest contract chipmaker can manufacture the high-security components free from potential Chinese interference, sources have told the Nikkei Asian Review.

TSMC, which makes computer chips used in American F-35 fighter jets and serves as a key supplier to Apple as well as Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, has sidestepped similar U.S. security requests before.

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