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EU pushes for deeper Indo-Pacific ties in face of China concerns

Draft document shows bloc is seeking closer trade, investment ties with Taiwan

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels on May 5.   © Reuters

LONDON -- The European Union will seek new digital partnerships with Japan, South Korea and Singapore, and closer trade and investment relations with Taiwan in an effort to build influence in Asia after the chaotic western military exit from Afghanistan.

The bloc will seek to reinforce semiconductor value chains with Asian partners as the pandemic amplifies fears about industrial supply chain vulnerabilities, according to a draft Indo-Pacific strategy document seen by Nikkei Asia.

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