Taiwan talks about chips, China’s “force” at US conference

Taipei-Taiwan and the United States discussed how to deal with chip shortages and China’s economic “force” during the second session of the economic dialogue that began last year, Taiwan’s Minister of Economy Wang Mika said Tuesday. ..

The meeting took place a week after a virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. After that meeting, Xi said supporters of Taiwan independence in the United States were “playing with fire.”

China has vehemently claimed democratic Taiwan as its own country and has not ruled out using force to ensure final unity.

Wang Jose Fernandez said the Under Secretary of State on economic growth, energy and the environment had spoken to reporters in Taipei after a five-hour online talks led by the U.S. to discuss cooperation in the supply chain, including semiconductors. rice field.

“The semiconductor part contained the bottleneck problem of the current short-term supply chain, and more importantly, the long-term collaboration of the future,” she added.

Taiwan, the chip powerhouse, says it is doing everything in its power to solve the global shortage of semiconductors, showing that it takes the problem seriously, especially to the United States, its most important international supporter. I am particularly enthusiastic.

There are also ways to respond to China’s economic “force”, Wang said, in Lithuania facing pressure from Beijing to allow Taiwan to open a de facto embassy in the capital Vilnius. Focused.

“We all share the belief that all countries and all economies should not be subject to this kind of external coercion,” she added.

China downgraded its relationship with Lithuania with spats on Sunday.

Taiwan hopes that the dialogue will eventually lead to a free trade agreement with the United States and welcomed the first meeting last year as a step forward.

The Biden administration has continued to raise US involvement with Taipei, which began under former President Donald Trump, to Beijing’s anger.

Both sides said they had long postponed talks on a trade and investment quota agreement in effect in July, saying that Taiwan hopes to be able to sign an FTA someday.

Sara Wu