The island’s fortunes are uncomfortably tied to the tech industry and China, both of which are weakening. The electoral triumph of opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen reflects deep distrust of the mainland. Yet Taiwan’s president needs to keep her giant neighbour onside.
The Taiwanese handset maker is losing market share to flashier rivals like Apple and Xiaomi. The shares are down 90 percent in two years. It posted a quarterly loss and may sell some factories to save cash. An outright takeover might seem logical, but while HTC’s products are attractive, the valuation is not.