Taiwanese chip tycoon Robert Tsao (right), founder of United Microelectronics Corp (UMC). Photo: EPA-EFE
Taiwanese chip tycoon Robert Tsao (right), founder of United Microelectronics Corp (UMC). Photo: EPA-EFE

How this leading Taiwanese chip guru made an astonishing U-turn from avid mainland investor to China basher

  • Tsao’s shift from cherished visitor to persona non grata on the mainland comes at a time of rising geopolitical tensions over technology
  • Tsao has donated US$100 million to aid the self-ruled island’s defence and pledged to ‘never live to see Taiwan become another Hong Kong’

Taiwanese chip tycoon Robert Tsao (right), founder of United Microelectronics Corp (UMC). Photo: EPA-EFE
Taiwanese chip tycoon Robert Tsao (right), founder of United Microelectronics Corp (UMC). Photo: EPA-EFE
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