Photo dated 14 May 2002 shows a technician of United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) wearing mask and dust-free clothes delivering a red box which contained the 12-inch wafer at a dust-free room of a UMC's wafer fabrication plant in Tainan, southern Taiwan. A report 29 May 2002 said that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) plans to seek official approval in July or August to build an eight-inch-wafer semiconductor fabrication plant in China. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH

Taiwan’s economy burns less brightly than its ‘tiger’ peers as smartphone product cycle ends

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Photo dated 14 May 2002 shows a technician of United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) wearing mask and dust-free clothes delivering a red box which contained the 12-inch wafer at a dust-free room of a UMC's wafer fabrication plant in Tainan, southern Taiwan. A report 29 May 2002 said that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) plans to seek official approval in July or August to build an eight-inch-wafer semiconductor fabrication plant in China. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH
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