On Monday, April 11, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang called the Cabinet to work fast to apply tougher punishments to prevent China’s chip technology stealing efforts.

The Premier said he had asked the Ministry of Justice and the Parliament to speed up passing the revisions to the laws proposed in February “at the earliest date.”

Su Tseng-chang revealed during a Cabinet meeting that China was using various tactics to poach Taiwan’s talent and steal its technology.

He added that law enforcement agencies need to cooperate in investigating and cracking down on these illegal activities.

In February, Taiwan tightened controls over its chip technology. Under the new proposal, “economic spies” caught stealing or leaking intellectual property to China or Hong Kong could face 12 years in prison and be fined almost 3.69 million dollars.

According to a senior official in the Investigation Bureau, Taiwan has recently launched an investigation into around 100 Chinese firms suspected of illegally poaching semiconductor engineers and other tech talents.

Another reason Taiwan is crucial for the U.S. and China: both countries aim at developing the semiconductor field. However, they face a shortage of experienced talent in the area and target Taiwan’s talent pool for a solution.

According to South China Morning Post, a semi-official report published last November predicted that by 2023, mainland China would have to deal with a shortfall of 200,000 semiconductor experts, equal to about 25% of positions in the industry not being filled.

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