Gov news | Arizona Governor Ducey Applauds Investment in Taiwan Semiconductors

Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona applauds Taiwan's economic and educational cooperation, which is highlighted by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.'s $12 billion investment in his state. Ducey made his remarks during a meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday. This was the most recent in a string of political leaders' trips to the United States that have angered China, which claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes all official interactions between Taipei and other countries that support Beijing.


Taiwan's TAIPEI (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona praised the economic and educational ties with Taiwan on Thursday, noting Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.'s $12 billion investment in his state.


Ducey made his remarks during a meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the most recent in a string of visits by U.S. political figures that have infuriated China, which claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes all official interactions between Taipei and foreign governments that support Beijing.


Taiwan is a global leader in the manufacture of semiconductors, which are crucial components of everyday electronics and have turned into a flashpoint in the U.S.-China technology race.

A base that trains Taiwan's F-16 fighter pilots, who play a significant role in the island's defenses against a potential Chinese blockade or invasion, is also located in Arizona. Arizona also intends to establish a state representation office in Taipei, and the parties have signed a deal to work together on higher education initiatives. TSMC expects its investment to generate 2,000 new employees in Arizona, and it will send a large number of potential employees to Taiwan for training.


According to Ducey, Taiwan, and Arizona, both have strong economies, particularly in the fields of technology and advanced manufacturing.

"Arizona and Taiwan are both leaders in the semiconductor industry on a global scale, and this is the sector where our collaboration is strongest. The potential for what may be achieved between Arizona and Taiwan has increased thanks to the investment "added the governor.


Although the president referred to expanding economic ties between the two countries in her remarks, neither Tsai nor Ducey specifically named China.


"Taiwan seeks to increase collaboration with the US in the semiconductor and other high-tech industries in response to authoritarian expansionism and the economic challenges of the post-pandemic age, "added Tsai.

"This would aid in constructing supply networks that are more dependable and safe. To protect the interests of our democratic allies and foster greater prosperity, we look forward to collaboratively creating democracy chips, she said.


Barry Goldwater and John McCain, two conservative senators who were harsh critics of Beijing, established close ties between Taiwan and Arizona.


As the highest-ranking American official to visit Taiwan in 25 years, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip there early last month prompted China to fire missiles over the island and send ships and aircraft over the Taiwan Strait's midline.

In response to Chinese protests, the U.S. recently dispatched two missile cruisers across the 180 km (110 km) wide strait. The U.S. continues to be Taiwan's primary source of political and military support despite the absence of official diplomatic ties, and federal law obliges it to make sure the island can defend itself against Chinese threats.


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