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White House adviser thanks Taiwan for help with chips shortage

Taiwan economic affairs minister held video conference with US officials, Taiwanese chip industry representatives on Feb. 5

National Economic Council Director Brian Deese 

National Economic Council Director Brian Deese  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Top White House economic adviser Brian Deese wrote a letter to Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) to thank Taiwan for its offer to help resolve the global automotive semiconductor shortage, reports said Thursday (Feb. 18).

Car manufacturers worldwide have been forced to postpone deliveries as suppliers fail to keep up with the demand for semiconductors. The White House has talked to carmakers and asked U.S. embassies to identify how chip-producing companies and countries could help out.

On Feb. 5, officials and chip manufacturers from Taiwan and the United States participated in a video conference to discuss ways to solve the problem. In a letter on Wednesday (Feb. 17), Deese thanked Wang for her efforts coordinating with Taiwanese chip manufacturers to resolve the issue, Reuters reported.