China shows simulation of attack on Taiwan

China shows simulation of attack on Taiwan

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By Nick Flaherty

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The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has released a video of a simulation of an all-out attack on Taiwan.

The Eastern Theatre Command of the PLA in China conducted a two day military exercise over the weekend called Joint Sword-2024A following the inauguration of the new president of Taiwan.

An invasion of Taiwan, which makes 90% of the world’s leading edge semiconductors at foundry TSMC, is considered to be disastrous for the global supply chain.

The 3D simulation depicts the use of warships, warplanes and missiles to destroy several cities on the island, including Taipei. However it does not seem to target Hsinchu to the west of Taipei, where TSMC has the majority of its fabs.

The simulation marks an escalation of tensions between Taiwan and China following the election of President Lai Ching-te in Taiwan.

Fateful Choices For ICs and Taiwan

Last week, Bloomberg reported that Dutch chip making equipment maker ASML and TSMC have the ability to remotely disable lithography machines in fabs in the event of an invasion. Bloomberg reports that officials from the US government privately expressed concerns to the Dutch and Taiwanese governments regarding any escalation.

ASML is said to have reassured officials about its ability to remotely disable the machines and the Netherlands has run simulations on a possible invasion of Taiwan in order to better assess the risks.

This appears to be confirmed by TSMC last year in eeNews Europe. “Nobody can control TSMC by force,” said Mark Liu, chairman of TSMC. “If there is a military invasion you will render TSMC factory non-operable.”

The latest lithography equipment cannot be exported to China as a result of sanctions by the US and Dutch governments.

The video is here.

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