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Indiana Governor in Taiwan on Official Visit, Another Provocation of Beijing

Aug. 22, 2022 (EIRNS)—Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is in Taiwan, today, where he met with Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office in Taipei. This is the second visit of U.S. elected officials after the provocative trip of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Aug. 7. Last week Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) led a bilateral group of five members of Congress in a pop-up two-day trip.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson today denounced the Governor’s Taiwan visit, in response to a media question. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan question has always been the most important and the most sensitive issue at the heart of China-U.S. relations. The Chinese side firmly opposes official U.S. exchanges with the Taiwan region in any form and under any name. We have made serious démarches to the U.S. side on Indiana Governor Holcomb’s visit to Taiwan. We urge relevant party in the U.S. to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués and stop all forms of official interactions with the Taiwan region.”

Media report that Tsai told Holcomb at their meeting that Taiwan intends to be a reliable supplier of semiconductors to the U.S., which she described as “democracy chips.” She said that democracies have to cooperate given the threats from Beijing.

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