Taiwan, the tiny island nation off the coast of China, maybe the most politically precarious situation globally, at least concerning the West. In addition to being a beacon of democracy in the shadow of the totalitarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party, Taiwan is home to probably the most geopolitically strategic company in the world: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
TSMC is the world’s preeminent leader in manufacturing the most complex, important computer chips in the world. The only company even close is Intel (based in the United States), and they’re several years behind TSMC’s technology prowess. Virtually every smartphone (iPhones and Androids) in the world has its main processor manufactured by TSMC. They also now manufacture the new Apple Silicon (M1) SoCs.
TSMC isn’t mentioned directly below, but if fears are realized (aka China takes Taiwan), this one company’s lack of freedom could endanger tech as we know it. As someone who follows tech closely, this is why I’m interested.
Now enter the COVID-19 pandemic. Having learned many lessons from the SARS epidemic >10 years ago, Taiwan handled COVID-19 maybe better than any nation on earth…until recently.
Read this Tweet thread to see the perilous place Taiwan is in right now and how their mistakes surrounding vaccinations are backfiring and causing internal strife.