ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Trade war

TSMC founder sees trade dispute as 'reality show with no script'

Morris Chang warns top chipmaker faces fierce competition and unpredictable conditions

TSMC's founder Morris Chang and his wife Sophie attend a building dedication ceremony after the new management team decided to rename the company's headquarters in his honor. (Photo by Cheng Ting-fang)

HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Morris Chang, founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., said the current Washington-Beijing trade war was a "reality show" that was bringing unpredictable market conditions, with the world's largest contract chipmaker facing fierce and "very complicated" competition that is no longer just between companies.

"President Donald Trump is making the current trade conflicts between the U.S. and China a reality show with no script and no fixed casting at all," Chang told reporters on Tuesday. "Currently, businesses are not yet actors in this reality show but they could be added into the casting anytime."

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more