On March 9, Taiwanese prosecutors raided two local recruiters that allegedly broke the law by recruiting semiconductor workers from the island to work for a Chinese chipmaker. 

The New Taipei Prosecutors Office said the two firms, WiseCore Technology and IC Link, had illegally hired “hundreds of Taiwanese engineers” through a joint venture set up with a Chinese chip design company over the past three years, according to local media reports. A 1992 Taiwanese law forbids Chinese firms from doing business on the island without government approval.

The action by the Taiwanese government is a response to a long-term trend of deep-pocketed Chinese firms coming to Taiwan for semiconductor engineers. 

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Wei Sheng

Wei Sheng is a Beijing-based reporter covering hardware, smartphone, and telecommunications, along with regulations and policies related to the China tech scene. Before joining TechNode, he wrote about...