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Google boosts Taiwan data center plans with $850m investment

Expansion highlights island as haven from trade war

Google has a presence in mainland China and Taiwan, spreading its investments in Asia.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has approved investment by Google worth 26 billion New Taiwan dollars ($851 million) to expand the company's data center operations on the island.

The capital increase represents the latest hedge by an American tech giant against the risks from the drawn-out trade war between the U.S. and China. Google last month announced plans to build a second data center in Taiwan, acquiring land in the southwestern city of Tainan.

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