Karl Lee Chee Leong

Karl Lee Chee Leong

Senior Lecturer, Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya

Karl Lee Chee Leong is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of China Studies (ICS), University of Malaya. An avid Taiwan observer, he specialises in Taiwan-Southeast Asia relations, Taiwan’s soft power and quasi-state diplomacy in Southeast Asia, Taiwanese digital social innovation (DSI) and the Tsai administration’s New Southbound Policy (NSP). His co-edited book Taiwan and Southeast Asia: Soft Power and Hard Truths Facing China’s Ascendancy was published in 2023.

A chip is pictured at the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) at Hsinchu Science Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on 16 September 2022. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Taiwan’s crucial role in Southeast Asia’s semiconductor rush

Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore are welcoming shifts in the semiconductor supply chain with Taiwan’s TSMC at its heart. Academics Karl Lee Chee Leong and Nur Shahadah Jamil examine the issue.
A general view of Malaysia's Bukit Bintang shopping district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 January 2022. (Hussain Hasnoor/Reuters)

Taiwan can be key driver of Malaysia’s industrial upgrading

While it faces stiff competition from countries in the region such as Vietnam, Malaysia stands in good stead to win high-quality investments from Taiwan.