On May 19, 2021, Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers spoke at a virtual discussion “Opportunities and Challenges in U.S.-Taiwan Cooperation in the High-Tech Supply Chain,” hosted by the Global Taiwan Institute.

In announcing the event, GTI said:

The semiconductor industry has emerged as a critical component of the new global economy. From electric vehicles, smartphones to sophisticated weapon systems, semiconductor chips increasingly form the backbone of many industries in the rapidly evolving high-tech economy. For Taiwan, this has been mostly a welcome development. Despite its small size and complex geopolitical status, the island democracy has nevertheless carved out a position as a global hub for technological innovation, particularly in the semiconductor sector. Led by cutting-edge firms like TSMC, Taiwan has become an indispensable partner for many countries around the world, including the United States.


Now—amid growing international concern over the threats posed by over-dependence on the Chinese tech industry—Taiwan stands to play an even more significant role but also face increased risks as well. This virtual panel will explore opportunities and challenges facing Taiwan and the United States as they work to bolster their cooperation in the high-tech supply chain.

The Council thanks GTI for the invitation to participate in this important event.

The recording of the event is available on GTI’s website and on YouTube. Watch the event here. Rupert’s comments start at 33:40.