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News Tech: TAIPEI, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The recent visits by guests from the United States have reinforced Taiwan’s determination to defend itself, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday as she met the latest U.S. lawmaker to visit the island in defiance of Beijing.

Around a week later she was followed by five other law makers and late Thursday Senator Marsha Blackburn touched down in Taipei.

China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory against the strong objections of the democratically elected government in Taipei, launched military drills near the island after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited in early August.

Meeting at the presidential office, Tsai praised the trips of the lawmakers.

“It is important indeed that freedom-loving nations support Taiwan as they seek to preserve their independence and their freedom,” she said.

Tsai said fellow democracies must work together to ensure more secure and resilient supply chains, and that she was “delighted” to see Taiwanese semiconductor companies investing in the United States. “We also look forward to working with the United States to strengthen cooperation on semiconductors and other high-tech sectors and jointly respond to the economic challenges of the post-pandemic era.”

Taiwan is a major producer of chips, tight supplies of which have hit supply chains globally. Tsai said Taiwan would like to be “further integrated” into the Biden administration’s new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which the island has so far been excluded from, and other regional economic cooperation architecture.

RegisterReporting by Sarah Wu and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Jacqueline Wong Source: Reuters Trust Principles.

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