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Cross-Strait Affairs Top Chinese negotiator with Taiwan meets Hon Hai, HTC heads
Central News Agency
2013-12-03 12:27 PM
Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) China's top negotiator with Taiwan met on Tuesday with Hon Hai Group head Terry Gou, who told the visiting official that China needed to do more to protect the intellectual property rights of Taiwanese manufacturers.

Chen Deming, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, met with Gou during a visit to a research and development center at Hon Hai's production base in Tucheng, New Taipei.

The center is involved in research related to nanotechnology, electric cars, servers, and precision machinery.

During the closed-door visit, which lasted for about 90 minutes, Gou reportedly asked for substantive measures to protect Taiwanese manufacturers, sources said.

Gou said that Hon Hai has recently looked into investing more in the United States because China has not been able to protect the company's intellectual property.

If the trend continued, Gou said, Hon Hai would not rule out the possibility of investing in high-end precision manufacturing in the United States and transferring technology out of China.

Earlier, Chen had breakfast with Cher Wang, chairwoman of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC.

Chen visited HTC on Dec. 1 but was met by CEO Peter Chou because Wang was not in Taiwan at the time.

Sales of HTC smartphones have slumped in the past year, and the company posted its first quarterly loss since going public in 2002 in the third quarter of this year.

With market share on the decline, Wang took over some of Chou's operational duties, including sales, marketing and supplier relationships, in October, and she reportedly is pinning some of her hopes on China's market to help revive the company's sales.

Chen, on his first visit to Taiwan since assuming his post in April, has been to Taoyuan Aerotropolis, free trade pilot zones, and Taichung, Taipei and Kaohsiung harbors since arriving on Nov. 26.

He has also visited several of Taiwan's leading enterprises, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., MediaTek Inc., Delta Electronics Inc. and the Yulon Group.

Chen, a former commerce minister, was to return home shortly after noon on Tuesday.

(By Jalen Chung, Esme Jiang and Lilian Wu)

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