Taiwan says it has not been informed of 'Chip 4' meeting


FILE PHOTO: Semiconductor chips are seen on a circuit board of a computer in this illustration picture taken February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan said on Friday it has not been informed about a so-called 'Chip 4' meeting that would include it, the United States, South Korea and Japan but added the island has always cooperated closely with the United States on supply chains.

South Korean foreign minister Park Jin has said Seoul is expected to attend a preliminary meeting of the four which have major chip manufacturers, describing the gathering as U.S.-led.

He did not elaborate on what would be discussed.

The timing, location and other details of the meeting have yet to decided, said a South Korean official who was not authorised to speak to media and declined to be identified.

Taiwan's economy ministry said in a statement to Reuters late on Thursday it did not yet have any relevant information about the meeting.

"In past exchanges and dialogue between Taiwan and the United States, the United States did propose similar ideas, but there was no specific content at the time," it added.

Taiwan is a major semiconductor producer and home to the world's largest contract chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), a major Apple Inc supplier.

It has been keen to show the United States, its most important international backer at a time of rising military tensions between Taipei and Beijing, that it is a reliable friend and supplier as a global chip crunch affects auto production and consumer electronics.

Asked about the meeting, Japan's Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs Noriyuki Shikata said semiconductors are a “very strategically important industry” for Japan and that “in due course, there may be better cooperation among the countries.”

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Rocky Swift and Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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