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An increasing number of Taiwanese shifting at least some of their operations away from China - either to South East Asia or Taiwan - and adjusting their investment strategies in the mainland.
One of the main reasons is a significant rise in Chinese wages. Some estimate salaries have doubled in the past six to seven years. Companies are also now required to pay into Chinese workers' health insurance and pension plans.
"Labour costs in China are rising dramatically each year and the pace is scary," says Mr Chu, chief executive of Fair Friend Enterprise Group.
"Demand for workers is also very high. With more jobs to choose from, Chinese factory workers now switch jobs whenever they can get a higher salary. That makes it difficult for us to find workers with enough experience. So the cost of manufacturing in China is higher now, sometimes higher than Taiwan," he says.
These changes have global implications, economists say.
"Many companies from other countries that are in China manufacturing products for export will [also] have to go elsewhere," says Sun Ming-te, an economist at the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. After all, the Taiwanese understand China much better, can communicate in the same language, and we are good at keeping production costs low. So if even we can't survive, how can others?"
Foreign firms that had relied on China's cheap labour for a competitive advantage are having an especially hard time, analysts say.
"Companies that make garments, and toys are moving from Guangdong province. They're finding it difficult to survive there, so they're moving to places like Vietnam," says Tony Phoo, a Taipei-based economist at Standard Chartered bank.
Last year, Taiwanese investments in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand increased by 44%, doubled or quadrupled, respectively.
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