United Microelectronics Corporation Honorary Chair Robert Tsao on Friday announced a personal donation of NT$3 billion to help strengthen Taiwan’s defense capabilities. Tsao says he hopes the money can be used to thwart Chinese attempts to promote unification in Taiwan and create systems to prevent cyberattacks, among other things. At a press conference on Friday, he also directed some choice words at China and pro-unification supporters in Taiwan.

Robert Tsao

UMC honorary chair

The Chinese Communist Party is so arrogant and intimidating to Taiwan. Perhaps it thinks that the people of Taiwan are greedy and afraid of death. They completely underestimate Taiwan. That’s why today I would like to announce a NT$3 billion donation, or about US$100 million, to help strengthen our national defense.

UMC Honorary Chair Robert Tsao on Friday announced a donation of NT$3 billion for Taiwan’s national defense. He said that China was just like a local ruffian.

Robert Tsao

UMC honorary chair

The CCP attitude and existence is like that of a village thug. The People’s Republic of China is a mafia posing like a country. I hope you all understand that what I’m doing today is not for fame or fortune. I don’t care about the elections. I simply hate the lies and violence coming from the CCP.

Tsao says he hopes the NT$3 billion will be used to promote combat readiness education for all of Taiwan and will lead to the release of publications and media to combat China’s cognitive warfare campaigns. The donation could also be used to thwart infiltrations that are part of the CCP’s campaign to annex Taiwan and for developing systems to identify and trace disinformation fabricated and dispersed in Taiwan by foreign enemy forces. The money can also be used to stop CCP cyberattacks on Taiwan. Tsao also had some words to say to pro-unification factions in Taiwan, saying that becoming one with China was like becoming one with a gang of mobsters.

Robert Tsao

UMC honorary chair

They say that us Taiwanese want to unify with China. But what would we be unifying with? We’d become one with a rogue. Do you want us to join this mafia? That’s a major blind spot in the market for people who support Taiwan’s unification with China. It’s not a question of unification, but a question on whether you want to join a gang.

The honorary chairman criticized pro-unification advocates. He also commented on the U.S.’ CHIPS Act, saying he believes it will deliver a blow to China.

Robert Tsao

UMC honorary chair

Of course it will have an impact. But I think that Taiwan’s role in semiconductor production won’t change greatly for another five to 10 years.

Tsao said that for the time being, Taiwan would remain firmly in its place as a leading semiconductor powerhouse. Since leaving his role as company chair, Tsao has often commented on cross-strait affairs. Now, he’s donating NT$3 billion in hopes that Taiwan can better ward off China’s threat.