Indiana’s Republican governor visits Taiwan after Nancy Pelosi’s trip


Indiana’s Republican governor began a visit to Taiwan on Monday after two recent high-profile trips by US politicians drew China’s ire and Chinese military drills that included firing missiles over the island.

Overnor Eric Holcomb arrived in Taiwan on Sunday evening for a four-day visit that his office said will focus on economic exchanges, particularly semiconductors.

His visit comes at a particularly tense moment for Taiwan, China and the US after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this month. China claims self-governing Taiwan as its own territory and views exchanges with foreign governments as a violation of its claims.

In response to Ms Pelosi’s visit, China’s military held drills for several days, during which fighter jets flew toward the island and warships sailed across the centerline of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial buffer between the island and the mainland.

China also imposed visa bans and other sanctions on several Taiwanese politicians, although it is unclear what impact the sanctions would have.

Holcomb will meet with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen along with semiconductor industry officials to promote academic and technical cooperation between Taiwan and the state of Indiana.

He is traveling with officials from the state’s Economic Development Council and the Dean of Engineering at Purdue University. Next he will visit South Korea. Indiana’s Republican governor visits Taiwan after Nancy Pelosi’s trip

Fry Electronics Team

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