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Google embraces Taiwan as Asia hub with third data center

Island offers geographic and political edge as tensions rise over Hong Kong

Google has built two data centers in Asia, with two more planned in Taiwan.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Google is preparing to build a third data center in Taiwan, the U.S. tech giant said Thursday, citing the island's location as strategically well suited for an Asian data transfer hub.

The company acquired a roughly 200,000-sq.-meter plot in Douliu, a city in central Taiwan, and expects to start operations around 2022. Though Google divulged few details to reporters Thursday, the investment is assumed to be worth 20 billion New Taiwan dollars ($681 million).

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