Following two recent high-profile visits by U.S. politicians that drew the ire of China and Chinese military drills that included firing missiles over the island, the Republican governor of Indiana met with the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, on Monday morning. These visits came after China’s military drills included firing missiles over the island.
According to a statement released by his office, Governor Eric Holcomb landed in Taiwan on Sunday evening for a four-day visit that will concentrate on economic cooperation, notably in the field of semiconductors.
Following the trip that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Taiwan earlier this month, his visit comes at a time when tensions are high for Taiwan, China, and the United States.
The People’s Republic of China lays claim to Taiwan as its own territory, and it considers interactions with other countries to be an infringement on those claims.
Despite this, Taiwan has been subjected to military pressure from China in and around the Taiwan Strait. Tsai has stated that democratic friends need to band together at this time and increase their level of collaboration across the board.
“I look forward to our supporting one another and advancing hand in hand, forging stronger relations, and building even deeper cooperation. Building on the foundation of collaboration that we now have, I say this because I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.”
In retaliation for the visit of Representative Pelosi, the Chinese military conducted a series of drills over several days.
These drills included warplanes flying toward the island and warships sailing across the median of the Taiwan Strait, which serves as an unofficial buffer between the island and the mainland.
In addition, China barred some Taiwanese political personalities from entering the country and imposed other sanctions; however, it is unknown what impact these restrictions will have.
Holcomb placed a strong emphasis on the economic significance of his trip, noting that the state is ranked among the best in the United States for direct foreign investment and that it is the location of 10 Taiwanese enterprises.
“We both seek to deepen and enhance the already excellent cooperation that we’ve established over the years,” he said. “We’ve established an excellent working relationship with one another over the years.”
Additionally, Holcomb will meet with officials in the semiconductor sector, and it is anticipated that he will promote academic and technological cooperation between the island nation of Taiwan and the state of Indiana.
As part of the exchange, the delegation will be meeting with representatives from National Yang-Ming University as well as National Cheng Kung University.
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Along with him on this trip are representatives from the state’s economic development council and the dean of engineering at Purdue University.
Purdue University is one of the institutions that has recently begun offering a degree programme in semiconductors. The next stop on his itinerary is South Korea.