2024-0607: Nvidia CEO in Taiwan; Panel Event on Lai Ching-te’s Global Strategy

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang: Taiwan Is an Unsung Hero

Nvidia CEO and co-founder Jensen Huang, the Taiwanese American executive who has been dubbed the “godfather of A.I.,” was in Taiwan the past week to meet with some of the biggest names in the tech and semiconductor industries in Taiwan, including TSMC founder Morris Chang and Quanta chairman Barry Lam. 

One of the highlights of Mr. Huang’s trip was attending COMPUTEX, one of the world’s leading computer and technology trade shows that is based in Taipei.

On June 2 at COMPUTEX, Mr. Huang described A.I. as the driving force of a new “Industrial Revolution” that will “reshape the computer industry.” He noted that he is looking to build a headquarters in Taiwan and is keen on continuing his investments in Taiwan

When asked whether he was concerned about the geopolitical tensions around Taiwan, Huang replied that Nvidia “build[s] in Taiwan because TSMC is so good; it is not normal good.” He elaborated by saying, “We can build very complicated things at very high volume at very high speed with TSMC. This is not normal, and you can’t just randomly ask somebody else to do it.”

At the end of his COMPUTEX speech, Huang presented a video dedicated to Taiwan, praising its important yet humble existence in the global computer industry. The video was narrated by his AI-generated voice in Mandarin Chinese, a language which he is not fluent in. 

“Every chip, every computer you craft and build, tells the story of your hard work and pursuit of perfection,” it said. “Taiwan is the unsung hero, a steadfast pillar of the world. Together, we ignited a renaissance for our industry.” 

“These are your superpowers. Without you, our vision would only be a distant dream. With you, we charge forward, creating a smart and convenient life, battling disease and natural disasters, making our world better. Thank you, Taiwan.”

Nvidia, the dominant A.I. chipmaker, recently replaced Alphabet as the third most valuable company in the world.

[1] Focus Taiwan
[2] Focus Taiwan
[3] Focus Taiwan

New Panel Event: Get to Know Lai Ching-te

On June 18, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) ’s D.C. Chapter (FAPA-DC) and US Taiwan Watch, a think tank and media creator, will host a panel event on “Lai Ching-te: Shaping Taiwan’s Political Landscape and Global Strategy.”

The event aims to provide an opportunity for Washington-based policymakers and experts to better understand Taiwan’s new president, Lai Ching-te, and how he might navigate domestic and foreign policy challenges ahead of his presidency.

With opening remarks from Iris Shaw, the new director of the DPP Mission in the U.S., panelists will include:

  • William Yang, Freelance Correspondent for VoA, DW News, The Guardian, and The Times
  • Michael Fonte,  Senior Advisor of the DPP Mission in the U.S.
  • Russell Hsiao, Executive Director of the Global Taiwan Institute

The event will be moderated by Chiao-Yun Anny Hsiao, Executive Director of FAPA. RSVP by registering on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lai-ching-te-shaping-taiwans-political-landscape-and-global-strategy-tickets-918534660897

The event will take place at the DPP Mission in the U.S. at 1717 K St NW and begin at 10:30 a.m. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. for check-in and networking. 

[1] US Taiwan Watch
[2] FAPA