Texas governor opens trade office in Taiwan to boost ties with island

Texas governor opens trade office in Taiwan to boost ties with island
Texas governor opens trade office in Taiwan to boost ties with island

Taipei, Jul 7 (EFE).- The governor of the state of Texas (southern United States), Republican Greg Abbott, announced this Sunday the opening of a trade office in Taiwan to strengthen economic ties with the island.

At a press conference in Taipei, Abbott, a member of the Republican Party’s more conservative wing, said that “it is incredibly important for Texas to show solidarity with Taiwan,” an island that has been self-governed since 1949 and is considered by China to be a “rebel province.”

“Given the size of the Texas economy, (the office) will be a beacon around the world of a state and a country, showing the importance of the relationship between Texas and Taiwan,” Abbott said of the office, the second one opened by Texas abroad this century, after Mexico.

“Texas strongly supports Taiwan and we want to do everything we can to ensure an even stronger future for Taiwan,” the governor said.

The opening of the office was announced after Abbott signed a Declaration of Intent for Economic Development with Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs, JW Kuo.

According to the governor, the agreement will strengthen economic ties between Texas and Taiwan, boosting bilateral trade and job creation and collaboration in areas such as semiconductors and “energy resilience.”

Earlier, Abbott went to the Presidential Office to meet with Taiwanese President William Lai (Lai Ching-te), who said that this opening and the signing of the agreement will create “new and unlimited opportunities” for cooperation between Taiwanese and American companies.

“Taiwan is promoting five reliable industries: semiconductors, artificial intelligence, military industry, security and next-generation communications, all of which have the potential to collaborate with the developed industrial sectors of Texas,” said the island president.

Lai said Taiwanese investment in Texas has already exceeded $12 billion and last year the U.S. state’s exports to Taiwan were more than $11.5 billion, making the island the ninth largest export market for Texas.

“(The office) will become a solid pillar of friendship between Taiwan and Texas, and between Taiwan and the United States, further strengthening and deepening the Taiwan-U.S. relationship,” Lai said.

Visits by US representatives to Taiwan have been constant over the past two years and have continued even after the crisis between Beijing and Washington caused by the trip to Taipei in August 2022 by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which angered China. EFE


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