Shanghaied? The Economic and Political Implications of the Flow of Information Technology and Investment across the Taiwan Strait

Shanghaied? The Economic and Political Implications of the Flow of Information Technology and Investment across the Taiwan Strait

Shanghaied? The Economic and Political Implications of the Flow of Information Technology and Investment across the Taiwan Strait

Shanghaied? The Economic and Political Implications of the Flow of Information Technology and Investment across the Taiwan Strait

Synopsis

Analyzes the dynamics of the tranfer of technology and capital between Taiwan and China and assesses their impact on cross-Strait relations and the worldwide semiconductor industry.

Excerpt

The scope and scale of trade and investment flows across the Taiwan Strait have increased dramatically in recent years, driven in large part by the increasing integration of the information technology (IT) sectors of Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. This report examines the economic and political implications of cross-Strait IT and investment flows, principally in the areas of IT hardware and semiconductor fabrication and manufacturing. It is a qualitative study of the political, economic, and technology factors driving or impeding those flows and focuses primarily on policy issues. As such, it should be of interest to policymakers and analysts in the United States, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong who are responsible for understanding the economic and political implications of increasing cross-Strait economic integration, especially in the IT industry, and other readers in industry and academia who are concerned with these evolving trends.

This research was conducted within the RAND Corporation National Security Research Division (NSRD). NSRD conducts research and analysis for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Commands, the defense agencies, the Department of the Navy, the U.S. intelligence community, allied foreign governments, and foundations.

Comments on this report are welcome and should be directed to the project leader, Dr. James Mulvenon, at mulvenon@rand.org, or Michael Chase, at chase@rand.org.

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