State Department Official Discusses Chip Shortage, Taiwan Talks, 5G
November 24, 2021
A senior U.S. State Department official said the United States is not
asking the world's top chipmakers to provide "trade secrets" in response
to a request for supply chain information to help address the global
"We're not asking for information that will be public. It's confidential
information that will be kept confidential," said Undersecretary for
Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez in an
interview with VOA on Tuesday.
"It's intended to do what we need to do, which is to find ways to ease
the bottleneck in supply chains."
Fernandez led U.S. participation in the second U.S.-Taiwan Economic
Prosperity Partnership Dialogue (EPPD), an initiative launched last
November, as the United States seeks closer economic ties with Taiwan.
Taiwan is home to the world's largest contract chipmaker, Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Any disruption in Taiwan
affecting TSMC production could strain the global supply chain to the
snapping point. Many link the survival of this self-ruled democracy to
U.S. supply chain security.
said TSMC's decision to build a new plant in Japan, which is slated to
open in 2024, is a good move that "diversifies" the supply chain
He also confirmed the State Department has changed the name of the Clean
Network, an initiative launched during the Trump administration to
promote a trusted 5G network supplier while discouraging other nations
from using equipment from Chinese telecom Huawei to build theirs. It is
now called the Trusted Network.
"I like 'Trusted Network.' It's not a question of cleanliness. It's a
question of who do you trust," Fernandez said.