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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi meets chip industry leaders in Taipei

Senior lawmaker talks with TSMC chief, calls for collaboration in key tech area

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, met senior Taiwanese chip industry officials at a lunch hosted by Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-Wen. (Source photos by Shinya Sawai, AP and Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Taiwan's most important chip industry leaders in Taipei on Wednesday as part of a lightning trip to the island that has drawn scathing criticism from China.

The visit to Taiwan by the highest-level American official in 25 years comes as the U.S. races to build up its domestic semiconductor industry in its battle with Beijing for tech supremacy.

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