Indiana governor latest U.S. official to visit Taiwan… – Daily Mail

By Katelyn Caralle, U.S. Political Reporter For and Reuters


A third U.S. delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday amid the warnings from China, this time led by Indiana’s Republican governor.
Governor Eric Holcomb is the first U.S. governor to visit Taiwan since the COVID-19 pandemic, but is not among the first group of politicians to visit the embattled island in the last month.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off the trend, followed by another group of lawmakers led by Senator Ed Markey.
Holcomb arrived in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday in defiance of pressure from China for the U.S. to stop these trips. 
Joining Holcomb are Indiana’s Commerce Secretary Bradley Chambers, Indiana Economic Development Corporation staff, Purdue University Dean of College of Engineering Mark Lundstrom and Chief of Staff Alyssa Wilcox.
China, which claims democratically-governed Taiwan as its own territory despite the Taipei government’s strong objections, has been carrying out war games and drills near Taiwan since Pelosi made a two-day visit to the island earlier this month.
Indiana’s GOP Governor Eric Holcomb (pictured on September 18, 2021) led on Sunday the third delegation of U.S. politicians to visit Taiwan in the last month – despite warnings from China 
Last week a second group of U.S. lawmakers visited Taiwan.
Holcomb tweeted that he would also be visiting South Korea, while Taiwan’s presidential office said he would meet President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday morning.
Joining the latest delegation to Taiwan is Indiana’s Commerce Secretary Bradley Chambers (pictured)
‘I’m energized to spend this week building new relationships, reinforcing long time ones and strengthening key sector partnerships with Taiwan and South Korea,’ Holcomb tweeted.
He termed his visit to Taiwan and South Korea an ‘economic development trip’, saying he was the first U.S. governor to come to Taiwan since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago.
‘Our delegation will spend this week meeting with government officials, business leaders and academic institutions to further strengthen Indiana’s economic, academic and cultural connections with Taiwan and South Korea,’ Holcomb tweeted.
There was no immediate response from China to his arrival.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said Holcomb would also meet representatives from Taiwanese semiconductor companies, although it gave no details, and would sign various trade and technology memorandums of understanding.
Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this summer, China has engaged in massive war games in the region
Taiwan is home to the world’s largest contact chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) , which is building a $12 billion plant in the U.S. state of Arizona.
China says Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in its relations with Washington, and that it considers anything to do with the island an internal issue.
Taiwan’s government says that as the People’s Republic of China has never ruled the island it has no right to claim it, and that only Taiwan’s 23 million people can decide their future.
China’s military drills have been continuing around Taiwan, though on a smaller scale than the war games conducted immediately after the trip by Pelosi, the highest level U.S. official to visit in decades. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by David Clarke, Toby Chopra and Frances Kerry)
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