Taiwan easing ban on strategic exports to China

Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's government says it will allow the export of hundreds of strategic high-tech goods to China if exporters can prove that North Korea or Iran will not be their final destinations.

The list of proscribed China shipments was introduced in 2006 amid concerns that Iran and North Korea might use Taiwan as a transshipment point for goods and materials that could be used to produce weapons of mass destruction.

The Economics Ministry said Monday that radar, optical equipment, astronomical instruments and precision machine tools are among nearly 400 items that will now be allowed for China export.

It said 12 items related to semiconductor manufacturing equipment will remain on the proscribed list and that violators would be subject to five-year jail sentences.