Indiana Governor Pays Taiwan a Visit

Indiana Governor Pays Taiwan a Visit

U.S. Governor LEFT the Country – Look Where He Went!

( – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) embarked on a trip to Taiwan on August 21. He planned to stay in the country for four days, saying the focus would be on discussing economic development and strengthening the business and academic ties between the state and Taipei during the visit. Despite the positive message, his visit comes amid increasing tensions between the US and China conducting regarding the former country’s diplomatic business with the island nation.

The Agenda

Holcomb’s trip centers around semiconductors, the computer chips found in various electronic products, including vehicles. Supply chain issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic have created a shortage of these critical components in America. The US government has been working to find a solution, and in early August, Congress passed a bill to pave the way for the domestic production of more semiconductors.

The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 was a bipartisan effort designed to help build the semiconductor manufacturing industry within the country. It’s intended to create jobs, provide the much-needed components and bolster US security by ensuring the critical components’ availability. Furthermore, the legislation seeks to help the US advance in the field, increasing innovations for the future.

Holcomb’s connection to the chips is a deal between Purdue University in Indiana and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The two entities began working jointly on June 14 to bring a steady flow of semiconductors into the US. The college will take charge of research, while TSMC will focus on technology and production.

The Meetings

Holcomb met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on August 22 to discuss the partnership between the island and Indiana. Tsai acknowledged the opposition from China, but said allies need to stand together. She also declared an intention to work more with the US as a partner and solidify the semiconductor supply chain. The governor has plans to meet with other officials and representatives from TSMC and additional chip manufacturers.

The Indiana governor’s presence in Taiwan marked the third diplomatic mission from US politicians in August. Most notable was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) visit at the beginning of the month, which sparked threats from the Chinese government. China also ramped up military drills soon after the trip.

Visits to the island have appeared to increase the mainland’s ire against the US, as its leaders see these diplomatic interactions as an affront to the nation’s claim over the island. Chinese officials previously said these actions only feed into the recognition of the island’s independence, which contradicts the One China policy.

In response to Holcomb’s trip to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry reportedly released a statement denouncing it. An August 23 article from Newsweek reported that the statement said Taiwan is the “most sensitive issue” impacting the relationship between the US and China. They also called for an immediate end to US-Taiwan interactions.

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