Taiwan touts ‘democracy chips’ in meeting with US state governor

TAIPEI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Taiwan wants to ensure its partners have a reliable supply of semiconductors, or “democratic chips”, President Tsai Ing-wen told the U.S. state governor on Monday. Indiana, saying China’s threats mean other democracies have cooperated.

Governor Eric Holcomb is making the third visit by a US delegation this month following the brief trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, infuriating China, which considers Taiwan its own territory.

A week after Pelosi’s visit, five US lawmakers, led by Senator Ed Markey, visited Taiwan. Read more

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China held extensive military exercises near Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit. Taiwan rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims, saying only the islanders can decide their future.

“Taiwan has faced military threats from China, in and around the Taiwan Strait,” Tsai told Holcomb during a meeting at his office in Taipei.

“At this time, democratic allies must come together and strengthen cooperation in all areas,” she added, in remarks broadcast live on her social media pages.

China has yet to comment on Holcomb’s visit.

Holcomb is due to meet with representatives of Taiwan’s semiconductor companies during his visit amid expanding ties between his state and the island, home to the world’s largest contact chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW), .

“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 democratic chips.”

Holcomb spoke about his state’s efforts to support the tech industry, pointing to the June announcement by MediaTek Inc (2454.TW), the world’s fourth-largest chipmaker by revenue, of a new design in Indiana in partnership with Purdue. University.

“We look forward to working with them to design the future,” he said.

Taiwan has been keen to show the United States, its largest international backer, that it is a reliable friend as a global chip crisis impacts automobile production and consumer electronics.

Tsai said Indiana will become a center for chip technology following the enactment this month of a U.S. law aimed at subsidizing the domestic semiconductor industry as it competes with manufacturers. Chinese and foreign.

TSMC is building a $12 billion factory in the US state of Arizona.

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Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Sarah Wu; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Clarence Fernandez

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