In an interview with monthly magazine “Bungei Shunju,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen proposed creating a “personnel bank” in collaboration with Japan and the U.S., where Taiwanese semiconductor firms are already operating. She noted that “it is extremely difficult for Taiwan alone to secure high-caliber personnel” for this industry.
The interview was published in the Aug. 10 issue of the magazine.
On efforts by Japan and the U.S. to attract Taiwanese semiconductor firms, Tsai commented that “[building manufacturing facilities in these countries] will also benefit Taiwan.” She added that “Taiwanese semiconductor firms are operating in various countries, and I hope we can work with those nations to set up a common ‘personnel bank.’”
Regarding regional security in East Asia, she noted that Taiwan faces budgetary constraints to its national defense spending and admitted there are limits to how far Taiwan can build up its defense capabilities. “Collaboration with our neighboring nations and holding dialogue with them will become indispensable,” she said. “I hope we can build a regional security dialogue mechanism in East Asia as soon as possible.”