Taiwan needs strength for AIIB: Gou
Hon Hai’s Gou talks of Taiwan’s need to demonstrate tech prowess
Hon Hai’s ( ) Terry Gou (
), chairman of the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer electronics, said Taiwan needs to possess strengths in the fields of technology, R&D and economy in response to the recent issue of joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) yesterday.
Gou visited Sanxia Ai Wu Yuan, his family’s burial site, yesterday to pay respects to his deceased father. In a brief interview with media outlets, carried by the Central News Agency, he talked about Hon Hai's ability to produce the most innovative products internationally due to its prowess in electronics, machinery, optics and materials.
Using the example of Hon Hai’s joint venture with Japanese company Softbank on developing Pepper the robot, Gou said Hon Hai had achieved way beyond subcontracting, and instead had earned its acumen through in- vestment in R&D of its own. The technology required for Pepper to move its hand involves five joints, and on that alone Hon Hai invested two years of R&D to achieve a movable hand that can allow fingers to clasp without interfering with each other, Gou said.
Regarding the issue of joining the AIIB, Gou pointed that if Taiwan had more quality technology companies “other countries would be asking for us to join.” If Taiwan lacks any standing in technology, R&D and economics, joining the AIIB would only be an act of giving out money and help without getting benefits in return, Gou said.
Gou said t hat everyone should be more active and optimistic, stating that the “only enemy is ourselves.” Hon Hai will continue to invest in Taiwan, Gou stated, as he felt optimistic about Taiwan’s future due to its openness and inno-
AIIB Talks Hot on Executive
In the Executive Yuan’s series of live broadcasts, in which Cabinet members explain and debate major policies ( ), the discussion led by Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford ( ) about the AIIB has become one of the most viewed videos since it was published, officials said.
Chang’s talk about the AIIB was a spontaneous session, said Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (
), explaining that the issue had become a controversy and resulted in an impromptu session held on April 1. They invited Chang onto the live program to explain the AIIB to Cabinet members and viewers.
Sun said that since the AIIB issue was difficult to understand and very abstract, they did not anticipate it to be popular among viewers, further pointing out that the longest viewing time was 14 minutes.