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Aug 14, 2022
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Pelosi invites US Asian allies to commit hara-kiri

The lady complicated America’s relations with China, South Korea and Japan at once

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Whether old Pelosi had any idea that her trip to Taiwan would bring down the last opportunity to attach the main microchip manufacturer to the US economy is too late to speculate. If Nancy Pelosi is considered a symbol of US foreign policy, then it is no coincidence that while she was flying from Taipei to Seoul, President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk-leul went on vacation, and Foreign Minister Park Chin flew to Cambodia. So only their own people met Pelosi at the airport at the American military base Osan: Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the commander of the US military contingent in the south of the Korean Peninsula Paul Lacamera.

The lady did her best to complicate America’s relations with China, with South Korea, and with Japan … In August, the Koreans and the Japanese will have to determine whether they will become participants in a new American cooperation project in the production of semiconductors Chip 4. The initiative involves combining the technological developments of the United States, materials and components from Japan, the production facilities of South Korea and Taiwan. So decided in Washington. And they even passed a law according to which 280 billion dollars are allocated for the construction of factories for the production of microcircuits, of which 52 billion will go to manufacturers as subsidies.

Naturally, the Americans want to stake their leadership in microelectronics by attracting the main microchip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which accounts for 54 percent of the global semiconductor foundry market. The factories that the United States wants to build are being designed in Taiwan, so we need to tear the Chinese island away from the Chinese mainland … But will it work?

As writes Asia TimesBeijing seemed to be waiting for the appearance to show that it is ready to defend its interests. After visiting Taiwan, six zones appeared around the island, where live-fire exercises began, including missile launches from the Chinese mainland. As stated in Beijing, “this is necessary to protect our national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

China’s “warning zones” do not prevent anyone from flying and sailing around Taiwan. However, the island’s communications with Japan and the Philippines were interrupted, 18 international flight routes from the island had to be redirected, and Korean Air and completely canceled flights from Incheon to Taiwan. “Technically, China did not declare a blockade, – emphasizes Asia Times. “The exercises do not deny freedom of navigation. Air and sea traffic may enter these areas at your own risk.” By taking control of the water and air space around Taiwan, Beijing did not step on a single paragraph of international law. Are Chinese missiles flying over the atmosphere of a sovereign island? Yes, but Taiwan is not recognized as an independent state by the vast majority of states, including the United States. The island is not a member of the UN or a party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Crossing the “median line” in the Taiwan Strait? China has never recognized it as official, this line is an invention of Taiwan and the United States.

In the bottom line, the “exercises” showed that China could surround Taiwan in one day using naval, air and missile forces and control sea and air traffic in the Taiwan and Luzon straits, as well as on the eastern approaches to Taiwan. And it won’t war events. As writes Asia Times, “While conducting live fire exercises in the seven regions surrounding the island of Taiwan, China has declared… that it can enter Taiwan waters anytime it wants, wherever it wants, and fire at any target it chooses.”.

Washington’s Trump Lady Dine in Taipei with Founder Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Morris Chang to persuade him to locate part of the production outside of Taiwan, for example, in Arizona. And I heard in response that the construction of semiconductor factories in different places is economically or technically inexpedient. Chang, out of politeness, did not say that the United States did not have the necessary qualified personnel, which he had to say on other occasions.

In Seoul, Pelosi tempted Samsung and other chip makers in Korea to join the TSMS and move their factories to the US, promising “move money”. However, the South Koreans understand that after the dollars from Washington will be followed by a ban on the supply of chips to China. And TSMC sends 10 percent of its production there across the Taiwan Strait. Korean factories even sell 60 percent of their products to China.

Looking beyond the Taiwan Strait, the “Pelosi principle,” that is, the enforcement of friendship, manifests itself not only in Southeast Asia. Dutch ASML is the world’s leading manufacturer of lithographic machines needed for semiconductor fabrication. For her advanced system extreme ultraviolet (EUV) give more than 150 million dollars, but it is forbidden to sell it to China. Washington is trying to ban exports to China from the Netherlands and older generation deep ultraviolet (DUV) machines, and last year the Dutch sold them to China for $2.78 billion (nearly 15 percent of the company’s sales). Even Silicon Valley-based Lam Research, one of the world’s largest suppliers of semiconductor fabrication equipment with an annual revenue of about $20 billion, sells more than 30 percent of its products to China (only 8 percent in the US). For all these companies, abandoning the giant Chinese market is tantamount to hara-kiri.

A photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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