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Trade war

Taiwan lobbies Facebook for 2nd Asian data center

Despite loss to Singapore, government wants key US facilities for national security

TAIPEI -- The Taiwanese government is keen to persuade Facebook to build its second Asian mega data center on the island, as a strategy to fend off any Chinese aggression and as part of efforts to lure more U.S. investment amid the escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington, an economic official told the Nikkei Asian Review.

Taiwan was disappointed when Facebook earlier this month chose Singapore over Taiwan to build its first data center in Asia at an investment of more than $1 billion. Facebook had studied the feasibility of setting its first Asian data center in Taiwan in 2015.

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