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Taiwan Tells Ramaswamy to Get Lost on Semi-Conductors

John Gizzi By Tuesday, 21 May 2024 06:08 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Nearly a year ago, as an active Republican presidential candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy stirred up some controversy when he said his policy as president would be to support Taiwan until the U.S. has achieved independence in the production of semi-conductors — more than half the global production of which comes from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

"Our interests include Taiwan until we have achieved semiconductor independence [emphasis added]," biotech billionaire Ramaswamy told reporters last summer, "[A]fter the end of my first term, we will be in a position to say our commitments will be different. [Chinese strongman] Xi Jinping will not go for Taiwan until the end of my first term."

Controversial, all right, considering that all of his Republican rivals pledged full support for the island nation against any attack by China, and President Joe Biden on several occasions said he would stand by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 (which commits the U.S. to defend Taiwan in the event of an attack).

Given that Ramaswamy is still a major figure in the Republican Party and often mentioned as a prospective vice-presidential running mate to Donald Trump or possible Cabinet member, his unique stand on Taiwan — supporting it only until the U.S. can match its semiconductor production — is still discussed.

On Sunday in Taiwan, a top official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs carefully, but decisively, dismissed Ramaswamy's position.

"We have no concern about it," Ministry spokeswoman Catherine Y.M. Hsu, director general of the Department of International Information Services at the Foreign Ministry, told Newsmax, quickly adding that "we won't comment on the statements of individual [U.S.] politicians."

As Ramaswamy was stating his position last year, Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien was quoted by Semenfor’s Steve Clemons as saying the U.S. would support the destruction of Taiwan’s semi-conductor industry rather than let it be taken over by China in the event of a successful invasion.

But O’Brien subsequently told reporters his comments were deliberately misinterpreted in the interest of creating Chinese propaganda. Semenfor, it turned out, partnered with a think tank that operates under the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) United Front Work Department (UFWD), the CCP's branch responsible for promoting Chinese influence and ideas overseas.

“The only thing that will destroy Taiwan in an invasion are Communist China, and anyone who says that the U.S. is somehow going to destroy Taiwan or attack Taiwan, that's propaganda and misinformation from the Communist Party,” said O’Brien.

Ramaswamy has never backed away from his 2023 statement about abandoning Taiwan.

Hsu also told us that Taiwan has "great confidence" in its friendship with the U.S. and "it is more rock solid than ever before, with successful trade talks, close military cooperation, and the sale of protective arms to Taiwan."

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John-Gizzi
Nearly a year ago, as an active Republican presidential candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy stirred up some controversy when he said his policy as president would be to support Taiwan until the U.S. has achieved independence in the production of semi-conductors.
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