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Taiwan talks chips and Chinese ‘coercion’ in U.S. meeting

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By ITN News Editor November 23, 2021 18:13

Taiwan talks chips and Chinese ‘coercion’ in U.S. meeting

Taiwan and the United States discussed chip shortages and how to respond to China’s economic “coercion” during the second session of an economic dialogue launched last year, Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said on Tuesday (November 23).

The talks came a week after a virtual meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. After that meeting, Xi warned that supporters in the United States of Taiwanese independence were “playing with fire.”

Speaking to reporters in Taipei after five hours of online talks, led on the U.S. side by Under Secretary of State for economic growth, energy and the environment, Jose Fernandez, Wang said they discussed supply chain collaboration, including on semiconductors.

Chip powerhouse Taiwan has said it is doing all it can resolve the global shortage of semiconductors, and has been especially keen to show the United States, its most important international backer, that it takes the problem seriously. How to respond to China’s economic “coercion” also came up, Wang said, focused on Lithuania which has faced pressure from Beijing for allowing Taiwan to open a de facto embassy in its capital Vilnius.

Taiwan hopes the dialog may lead eventually to a free-trade agreement with the United States and hailed last year’s inaugural meeting as a step forward.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 23, 2021 18:13

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