The US is looking to deepen its tech links with Taiwan, a senior US Security Advisor said on Sunday, en route to Japan with President Joe Biden.
The Covid pandemic and trade tensions between the US and China have impacted fragile global supply chains, particularly in the tech sector, and the US plans to strengthen its ties with Asian allies as a result.
“We are looking to deepen our economic partnership with Taiwan including on high technology issues, including on semiconductors and supply chains,” said US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
During his first trip to Japan since taking office, Biden will participate in a summit of the ‘Quad’ grouping of countries, meeting with leaders of Japan, India and Australia. Issues of regional security will be high on the agenda.
“We do not want to see unilateral changes to the status quo and we certainly don’t want to see military aggression,” added Sullivan.
“And we do want that message coming not just from us, but from a range of allies and partners, both in the region and beyond,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One.
- Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara