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Security Commentaries #011
April 13th, 2021


Asia Pacific

Will Taiwan Change the Way it Defends its ADIZ ?: Taiwan’s ADIZ is breached yet again but this time by more than two dozen PLAAF fighter planes, forcing it to shift the methods it takes to defend itself. 

The View from Taiwan, Intel’s Expansion into the Semiconductor Industry: Intel announced last week that it would expand its business into chip fabrication, with plans to open up foundries on-shore in the continental United States.

Around the World

Disregarded Global Climate Crisis and the Quad: The meeting of the Quad leaders were in hindsight seen as quite comprehensive in terms of what was discussed. However, tackling climate change with talking points is not enough.


Will Taiwan Change the Way it Defends its ADIZ ? 

- Jaime Ocon, Taiwan Center for Security Studies
Yesterday (April 12) Taiwan’s ADIZ was not only breached again but was met this time with a reported 25 PLAAF airpieces entering the zone. The report can be found here.  Out of the almost two dozen fighter planes, a number of aircraft continued to make a half circle near the coast of southern Taiwan, until finally heading back to Mainland China. For many countries around the world, the sounds from a squadron of Chinese PLAAF would undoubtedly cause chaos and commotion but for Taiwan however this has become the norm... Read More. 
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The View from Taiwan, Intel’s Expansion into the Semiconductor Industry

-  Aswini Kumar, Taiwan Center for Security Studies
Intel’s chief executive officer, Pat Gelsinger, astonished the world’s supply chain market last week by saying the company would go into the foundry business. It will also set up an independent business unit, named Intel Foundry Services. Gelsinger said the company will continue expanding partnerships with multiple contract chip making providers, including TSMC, Samsung, United Microelectronics and GlobalFoundries. Gelsinger’s strategy of co-opetition could be analyzed in a duo-pronged approach, either mutually beneficial or an attempt to gain the upper hand in the chip-making business... Read More.
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Disregarded Global Climate Crisis and the Quad
-  Harun Talha Ayanoglu , Taiwan Center for Security Studies
The international community has been carefully watching the developments out of the recent Quad summit. Its agenda is often regarded as countering China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Thus, as could be expected, heated discussions concentrated on the US-China following the Quad meeting. Similar to other global summits, there were other shared challenges on the table, such as global climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, critical technologies, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and maritime domains. What stood out was the official jargon in which the issue on climate was phrased, lending much to be inferred and little of substance... Read More.
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