Taipei, June 1, 2012 (CENS)--The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is revising regulations to lift ban on Taiwan's exports of strategic high-tech commodities (SHTC) to mainland China in sync with international trend.
The ministry pointed out that Taiwan still keeps Iran, North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, Sudan, Syria and mainland China on its SHTC control list while the United States, European Union, Japan and South Korea have excluded the Chinese mainland from the ban lists.
However, senior MOEA officials emphasized that the island's manufacturers will be subject to penalty for their exports of 12 categories of banned semiconductor manufacturing equipment to the mainland without permissions.
SHTC control is an international collaboration aimed at stopping nuclear, missile, biochemical and massive-destruction weaponries from proliferating into totalitarian regimes.
The ministry pointed out that intensifying economic ties between Taiwan and the mainland has made Taiwan's manufacturers prone to violate the bans as some American companies acquiring Taiwanese companies ever exported the banned products to the mainland because of the lack of knowledge of Taiwan's regulations.
However, the island's manufacturers will face five years in prison if they ship 12 categories of chip-making equipment to the mainland without government approvals.
(by Ken Liu)