Taiwan praises ‘democracy chips’ in meeting with US governor

TAIPEI, Aug. 22 (Reuters) – Taiwan wants to ensure its partners have reliable supplies of semiconductors or “democracy chips,” President Tsai Ing-wen told the Indiana governor on Monday, saying China’s threats mean fellow democracies are cooperating .

Governor Eric Holcomb, a Republican, is making a third trip to Taiwan this month by a US delegation after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid a brief visit, angering China, which considers Taiwan its own territory. considers.

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China has conducted extensive military exercises near Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit. Taiwan rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims, saying only the people of the island can decide their future.

“Taiwan has been facing military threats from China, in and around the Taiwan Strait,” Tsai told Holcomb at a meeting at her office in Taipei.

“Right now, Democratic allies need to come together and encourage cooperation in all areas,” she added, in comments that were broadcast live on her social media pages.

China’s foreign ministry said it had made “severe statements” to the United States about Holcomb’s trip.

“China has always firmly resisted the US conducting any official exchanges with Taiwan in any form or form,” it said in a statement.

Holcomb will meet representatives of Taiwanese semiconductor companies during his visit amid an expansion of ties between his state and the island, which is home to the world’s largest contact chip manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW) is situated. .

“Economic security is an important pillar of national and regional security,” Tsai said. “Taiwan is willing and able to strengthen cooperation with democratic partners in building sustainable supply chains for democracy chips.”

Holcomb spoke about the efforts his state is making to support the technology industry, citing a June announcement by Taiwanese MediaTek Inc (2454.TW), the world’s fourth largest chip designer by revenue, of a new design center in Indiana in association with Purdue University.

“We are so looking forward to working with them in designing the future,” he said.

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Holcomb said Taiwan offered some of the best high-tech talent in the world.

“We are facing and specifically trying to turn supply chain pain into supply chain gain. I think the way we are getting there faster and in a more resilient way is by doing it together,” he told reporters.

Holcomb oversaw the signing of a partnership agreement between Purdue and Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer Wistron Corp (3231.TW), with company chairman Simon Lin touting opportunities to collaborate in areas such as cybersecurity and smart factories.

Taiwan has been eager to show the United States, the main international lender, that it is a trusted friend as a global chip crisis impacts auto manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Tsai said Indiana would become a center for chip technology after the signing this month of a US law to subsidize the domestic semiconductor industry as it competes with Chinese and other foreign manufacturers.

TSMC to build a $12 billion plant in the US state of Arizona.

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Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Sarah Wu; Edited by Christopher Cushing, Clarence Fernandez, Toby Chopra and Ed Osmond

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