Sara Wu and Ben Blanchard
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan wants to provide its partners with a reliable supply of semiconductors, President Tsai Ing-wen told the governor of the US state of Indiana on Monday, urging allied democracies to cooperate amid tensions with China.
This is the third visit by a US delegation to the island in a month, this time led by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, following a brief visit by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Ed Markey a week later. [vnL8N2ZD4MT]
China has yet to comment on Eric Holcomb’s visit.
In particular, the US governor is due to meet with representatives of Taiwanese semiconductor companies as part of expanding ties between his state and the island, home to the world’s largest chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC).
“Economic security is an important pillar of national and regional security,” said Tsai Ing-wen. “Taiwan is willing and able to strengthen cooperation with its democratic partners to build sustainable democratic chip supply chains.”
Eric Holcomb spoke about his staff’s efforts to support the industry, citing the June announcement by Taiwanese company MediaTek, the world’s fourth largest by revenue, to establish a new design center in Indiana in partnership with Purdue University.
“We’re specifically facing supply chain challenges and we’re looking to turn them into supply chain benefits. I think the way to do this faster and more resiliently is to do it together,” he told reporters.
According to the Taiwanese president, Indiana will become a semiconductor technology center after the passage of a law in the United States aimed at subsidizing the domestic chip industry, which competes with Chinese and foreign manufacturers.
(Report by Ben Blanchard and Sarah Wu; French version by Alize Degorse, edited by Keith Entringer)