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Taiwan R&D is a corporate affair as basic research takes a back seat

Study shows how TSMC and Foxconn stay on top, but long-term problems loom

An engineer works at the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute in Hsinchu.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Businesses are responsible for a hefty majority of research and development spending in Taiwan, a new study shows, shedding light on what makes the island's electronics sector so competitive globally.

But the data also highlights the limited resources devoted to basic research, which poses a threat to Taiwan's capabilities over the long term.

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