Taiwan Headlines, Feb. 20, 2021

A research team at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in has announced that it has developed a rapid test that can identify how well protected a vaccinated person is against COVID-19 by analyzing the concentration of neutralizing antibodies in a vaccinated person.
While previous testing methods can take about 24 hours to show the effectiveness of a vaccine, this rapid test kit provides results in just 15 minutes.

The development of the advanced 3 nanometer process by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is ahead of schedule, according to company chairman Mark Liu (劉德音).
If so, this could mean TSMC, the world’s largest and most advanced chipmaker, is further entrenching its lead over Samsung and Intel.

U.S.-based e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. plans to work with Taiwan’s Hon Hai as part of the American company’s first manufacturing operation in India.
Amazon said in a statement “The device manufacturing program will be able to produce hundreds of thousands of Fire TV Stick devices every year, catering to the demands of customers in India.”

The mayor of Magong in Penghu has resigned from the KMT, saying that the party was pressuring him on government affairs.

The government has budgeted NT$8.5 billion to develop electric buses over the next four years as part of its program to upgrade public buses by 2030.
Operators purchasing electric buses from Master Transportation or RAE would be subsidized up to NT$10 million per vehicle, while those buying electric buses from other firms would receive a maximum subsidy of about NT$6.3 million per vehicle.

After the National Communications Commission (NCC) announced they would be investigating Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC) chairman Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康) and potentially issuing a fine of up to NT$2 million, the KMT has objected.
They said that membership in its Central Advisory Committee is an honorary position, and that the NCC would be overextending the law if it considered committee members “political party workers.”
The KMT said in a statement that the NCC would be expanding the provisions of the Radio and Television Act banning political parties, the government and the military from holding stakes in media outlets.
The KMT said the NCC would be the one breaching the law, accusing the commission of becoming the DPP’s “political thug.”
The KMT and NCC previously tussled over the NCC’s refusal to renew CTi TV News’ license to broadcast on cable TV.

Taiwan’s Cabinet has approved a draft act regulating space-based activities and promoting the development of space-related industries.
The premier said the draft act stipulates that a dedicated agency should be established to promote space technology development, and he instructed government agencies to work with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to build up the space economy with the aim of enabling domestically built rockets to launch locally made satellites as soon as possible.

US President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser has sought the Taiwanese government’s help in a letter to resolve a global semiconductor shortage that is idling US automakers’ plants.
In the letter, US National Economic Council Director Brian Deese thanked Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) for her personal engagement on the chip shortage and relayed concerns from US automotive companies.
Deese and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are personally engaged in the effort to address bottlenecks in automakers’ supply chains, according to an anonymous White House spokesperson.
Thousands of US autoworkers could face cuts to their hours and wages as plants halt production while awaiting new shipments of automotive-grade semiconductors from Taiwan and South Korea.

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