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Taiwan vies with Singapore as AI hub for US tech companies

Microsoft, Google and Amazon seize on Taiwanese expertise and China proximity

The recreation area at a  Google data center in Taiwan. The island's proximity to mainland China make it a good base for U.S. tech companies not yet able to enter the vast Chinese market.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- U.S. technology companies are converging on Taiwan to build regional research and development centers, drawn by the island's relatively low wages and the government's strategy of forging closer ties with Washington.

Industry leaders like Microsoft, Google,, IBM and Oath, the parent company of Yahoo, have all announced plans this year to build their research and development hubs on the island and to initiate large recruitment projects.

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