From: Fast Company Compass - Tuesday Nov 24, 2020 02:37 pm
Fast Company Compass
Good morning! Mainland China considers Taiwan to be part of its country rather than a nation unto itself, a source of geopolitical tension for decades ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
Good morning! For decades, the Chinese government has considered Taiwan to be part of China rather than a nation unto itself—a source of ongoing geopolitical tension. Recently, however, there have been signs that mainland China’s stance is becoming more aggressive. When the United States sent a delegation to Taiwan this summer, Beijing responded by sending two fighter jets into Taiwanese airspace.

That’s a worrisome development for U.S. tech companies, which are heavily dependent on Taiwan for everything from chips to product design to large-scale manufacturing of many products that carry well-known names. Today for Fast Company, analyst Tim Bajarin takes a closer look at why Taiwan is so important—and how Chinese influence could disrupt the technology world’s supply chain.

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