Taiwan promotes semiconductors during US governor’s visit to Indiana

Taiwan promotes semiconductors during US governor’s visit to Indiana

by Sarah Wu and Ben Blanchard

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan wants to ensure its partners have a reliable supply of semiconductors, President Tsai Ing-wen told Indiana’s governor on Monday, urging allied democracies to work with China amid tensions.

This is the third visit by an American delegation to the island in a month, this time led by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, following a brief visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Ed Markey a week later. [vnL8N2ZD4MT]

China has not yet commented on Eric Holcomb’s visit.

In particular, the US governor is scheduled to meet with representatives of Taiwanese semiconductor companies as part of an expansion of relations between his state and the island, home of the world’s largest chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC).

“Economic security is an important pillar of national and regional security,” Tsai Ing-wen said. “Taiwan is willing and able to strengthen cooperation with its democratic partners to build sustainable supply chains for democratic chips.”

Eric Holcomb spoke about his state’s efforts to support the industry, citing the June announcement by Taiwanese company MediaTek, the world’s fourth-largest chip designer by revenue, of a new design center in Indiana in partnership with Purdue University.

“We specifically address supply chain challenges and try to turn them into supply chain wins. I think the way to get there faster and more resilient is to do it together,” he told reporters.

Indiana is poised to become a semiconductor technology hub after the passage of a US law to subsidize the domestic chip industry, which competes with Chinese and foreign manufacturers, the Taiwanese president says.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Sarah Wu; French version by Alizée Degorce, edited by Kate Entringer)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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