Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, along with Purdue University College of Engineering Dean Mark Lundstrom, are among those who arrived in Taiwan Sunday morning as part of an economic development trip to Asia that also includes a visit to South Korea. according to the office of Gov. Holcomb.
The trip to Taiwan follows two recent announcements by the semiconductor industry in Indiana, including Taiwan-based MediaTek, which announced in July the opening of a semiconductor chip design center in West Lafayette. The company says they plan to hire 30 top engineers and ten graduate student interns by 2025.
The visit also comes on the heels of the recent signing of the federal CHIPS and Science Act. The legislation, previously known in the US Senate as the United States Innovation and Competitiveness Act, was co-sponsored by Senator Todd Young of Indiana.
Landed in Taipei to embark on an economic development trip to Taiwan and South Korea. Indiana is home to 10 Taiwanese and 12 South Korean businesses. This week marks my second trip to South Korea as Governor, and I am proud to be the first governor to visit Taiwan since before the pandemic.
— Governor Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) August 21, 2022
Lundstrom will return to Indiana after leaving Taiwan, and Purdue University President-elect Mung Chiang will join the delegation in Seoul, South Korea.
Indiana is home to more than 1,050 foreign-owned business enterprises, representing more than 40 countries and territories – including 10 from Taiwan and 12 from South Korea.
Governor Holcomb is the first American governor to visit Taiwan since 2019 and is the first Indiana governor to go to Taiwan in 17 years. The cost of the trip is paid for through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation, according to the office of Gov. Holcomb.
“Purdue University is pleased to be invited as part of the Indiana state delegation led by Governor Holcomb and Secretary Chambers,” said Dr. Chiang. “Boiler manufacturers have long-standing academic partnerships with institutions in Taiwan and South Korea, and we look forward to attracting technology companies and jobs to the hard-hitting technology corridor in the Hoosier State.”
Governor Holcomb’s trip to Taiwan comes weeks after a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, which raised diplomatic tensions between the US and China. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan reportedly angered China, which has long claimed Taiwan as part of its territory.