TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first direct contact between the new Biden administration and Taiwan will be a videoconference by two United States officials with Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花) next week to discuss the global automotive semiconductor shortage, Bloomberg News reported Friday (Jan. 29).
After talks with Wang on Wednesday, four key Taiwanese chipmakers agreed to raise their production capacity and take other measures to meet rising demand for car chips.
The American officials at the Feb. 5 meeting will be Matt Murray, the deputy assistant secretary of state for trade policy and negotiations, and Richard Steffens, the acting deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, according to the Bloomberg report.
Senior representatives from Taiwanese corporations will reportedly also be present at the videoconference. Wednesday’s Ministry of Economic Affairs conference featured top managers from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VIS), and Powerchip Technology Corp.