UPDATED 6:46 PM PT – Thursday, September 1, 2022
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday to discuss economic cooperation along with “democracy chips.”
A pleasure to sit down with #Arizona Governor & friend of Taiwan @DougDucey. The future looks bright for our collaboration, as the #Taiwan–#US partnership continues to deepen & construction on the new TSMC chip fabrication plant in Arizona moves steadily ahead. pic.twitter.com/7NYTotZfAf
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) September 1, 2022
This visit comes as Arizona is working with Taiwan to build a $12 billion semiconductor chip manufacturing plant in the Grand Canyon state. The Governor is the latest United States official to visit Taiwan as it resists threats from China. Other officials to visit Taiwan in the past weeks include US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
“In the face of authoritarian expansionism and the economic challenges of the post pandemic era, Taiwan seeks to bolster cooperation with the United States in the semiconductor and other high-tech industries, build safer, more resilient supply chain, produce chips democratically together, safeguard interests of democratic partners, and create greater prosperity,” Governor Ducey said.
During their meeting, the Governor made it known that Arizona stands with Taiwan and that the state looks forward to building on the many opportunities ahead.