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Taiwan to bolster military ties with US

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A US congressional delegation to Taiwan has reaffirmed military commitments between the two sides at a time when US-China relations are worsening

Taiwan and the United States will deepen military cooperation in an effort to curb “authoritarian expansionism,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after meeting with a delegation of US lawmakers.

“Taiwan and the US (will) continue to bolster military exchanges,” Tsai said. “Going forward, Taiwan will cooperate even more actively with the US and other democratic partners to confront such global challenges as authoritarian expansionism and climate change.”

The president did not give more details on what these exchanges will look like.

The five-day long US congressional visit comes amid strained relations with China.

Chip politics

The delegation was led by California representative Ro Khanna to expand “the partnership on military and defense” and to improve ties with the island’s world-leading semiconductor industry. Khanna also met Morris Chang, founder of Taiwan Semicondictor Manufacturing Company — the world’s largest contract chipmaker.

A pandemic-induced slowdown hit the global semiconductor chip industry hard, leading to a shortage of chips and delayed production of cars, TVs, and computers.

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