Impact and Challenge on Taiwan's ICT Industry under the US-China Trade Conflict

Impact and Challenge on Taiwan's ICT Industry under the US-China Trade Conflict

US-China trade fight continues to have its toll on the global economy this year, weakening financial markets and slow down investment plans. Major financial institutions such as IMF, OECD, and EIU have thus revised their outlook for 2019 and the impact on emerging and developing countries has been more significant than developed and advanced countries. This report provides an overview of the trade fight between the United States and China, explores reasons behind the conflict in the short-, mid-, and long-terms, evaluates the best, worst, and most likely case scenarios, and examines the countermeasures taken or to be taken by Taiwan’s major industry players such as Compal, Pegatron, Inventec, Wistron, Quanta, and Foxconn.


  • Background of US and China trade conflict
    • Trade War Continues On Fire
    • Reasons Behind the Conflict
    • Three Intrinsic Factors Behind the US-China Trade War
    • Decentralized Technology, Industry, and Global Cooperation
  • Scenarios of the trade conflict and its impact on Taiwan's ICT industry
    • Possible US-China Trade War Scenarios
    • Prolonged Trade War Could Lead to Rise of Protectionism
    • Implications of the US-China Trade War
    • 2019 Global Economic Growth Revised Down
    • Taiwan's Role in the Global ICT Industry
    • Impact on the IT Hardware Industry
    • Impact on Network Communication Equipment Industry
    • US-China Trade Dispute Leads to Tech Cold War
    • Implications of the US-China Technology Cold War
    • Technology Cold War Forces China to Speed Up Industry Transformation and Upgrade
    • China Standards 2035 Aims to Develop Quality-centric National Standards
    • Japan-South Korea Dispute
  • Countermeasures of Taiwan's ICT industry for the trade conflict
    • IT Hardware Vendors' Countermeasures in Response to Trade Conflict
    • Network Communication Vendors' Countermeasures in Response to Trade Conflict
    • Taiwan Companies' Countermeasures in Trade War
  • Suggestion and conclusion
    • Long-term Recommendations
    • Industry Highlights in Trade War

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