New president Tsai Ing-wen will soon decide whether to approve investments worth almost $1 bln by a Beijing-backed group. China’s push into semiconductors is a challenge for Taiwan’s tech-dependent economy. The outcome of the stalled deals will shape broader economic relations.
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.