Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) arrived in Taiwan Tuesday, marking the fifth US delegation to visit the island in the month of August despite Chinese warnings and military drills in the region.
Ducey’s visit will focus on semiconductors as Taiwan’s largest chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (TSMC), is building a $12 billion facility in Arizona.
The US is trying to entice Taiwan’s chip makers to build more factories inside the US after President Biden signed into law the CHIPS and Science Act, which includes about $52 billion to subsidize domestic semiconductor manufacturing.
Ducey’s office said in a press release that the governor will meet with industry leaders and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who has hosted a series of US delegations in recent weeks. Ducey is also expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Arizona and Taiwan’s Education Ministry to cooperate on higher education.
China is strongly opposed to official contact between US and Taiwanese government officials as Beijing views the meetings as Washington moving away from the one-China policy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the first to lead a US delegation to the island this month, which China responded to by launching its largest-ever military exercises around the island.
Since Pelosi’s visit, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Indiana’s Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and now Ducey have all made trips to Taiwan. Amid the simmering tensions over the US visits to the island, the Biden administration is reportedly planning to ask Congress to approve a $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan.