India Clears $10Bln Plan to Attract Chip-makers From Taiwan As US-China Rivalry Intensifies

© Photo : Amit Shah/twitterPicture from today’s cabinet meeting chaired by Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji.
Picture from today’s cabinet meeting chaired by Hon’ble PM   Narendra Modi  ji. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.12.2021
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Taiwan supplied 63 percent of the total global semiconductor market in the first two quarters of this year. Both China and the US are heavily dependent on Taiwan for chips in electronic goods, fighter jets, and other advanced products. India aims to attract investment from Taiwan as any confrontation between the US and China hampers supply.
The Indian cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved a comprehensive plan worth $10 billion on Wednesday, aiming to attract global manufacturers to set up semiconductor plants in the country.
The Indian government will underwrite up to 50 percent of what it costs firms to set up a semiconductor plant.

“We expect investment of around $24 billion in the next five to six years in this sector that will generate direct employment for 130,000 engineers and designers. We estimate that the country will be able to produce semiconductors, display worth more than $110 billion, out of which $68 billion will be exported.”

Anurag Thakur  - Sputnik International
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India's Minister of Information and Broadcasting
In addition, the government has announced up to $13 billion of production-linked incentives for related sectors such as advanced chemistry cell battery, auto components, telecom and networking products, solar PV modules, and white goods.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, India's minister of IT and electronics, emphasised the importance of having a secure source of semiconductors in the present geo-political scenario with rivalry between the US and China developing over a range of issues, including the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwanese firms are the primary source of semiconductors to the world, including China and the US.

“The approved programme will propel innovation and build domestic capacities to ensure the digital sovereignty of India,” Vaishnaw said after the cabinet briefing.

The development comes as the media reports the US is considering imposing stricter sanctions on China’s largest chip-maker, Shanghai-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.
China, Japan, the European Union and the US are trying to curb their dependency on Taiwan for semiconductors by offering incentives for private businesses to increase the domestic supply with more units.
Washington has urged Taiwanese firms to set up production units in the US, and Beijing has been encouraging their firms to increase manufacturing capacity.

“Almost all the major economies today are giving close to 50 percent capital incentive on setting up a semiconductor plant. We will be giving practically similar incentives. But what we are offering in advance is a very clear 20-year roadmap,” Vaishnaw said.

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India at present imports almost all the semiconductors, with the demand growing at a pace of 15 percent annually.
The US accounted for 12 percent of global semiconductor manufacturing, Semiconductor Industry Association data shows. The US Senate approved a $52 billion Bill to support domestic semiconductor manufacturing.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip-maker, announced on 9 November that it will establish a subsidiary, Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, in Kumamoto, Japan, to provide foundry services to answer strong global market demand for speciality technologies.
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