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US-China tensions

US woos Taiwan and its chipmakers in step toward trade pact

Washington seeks stronger ties in push to decouple supply chains from China

U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach, left, and TSMC founder Morris Chang, right, attend a banquet hosted by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Sept. 18. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan's Presidential Office)

TAIPEI/WASHINGTON -- As tensions between the U.S. and China escalate, Washington has stepped up economic dialogue with Taiwan with an eye on the island's extensive semiconductor industry.

Keith Krach, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, met Friday with several senior Taiwanese officials, including Premier Su Tseng-chang and Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua. Krach arrived in Taiwan the day before over strong objections from Beijing.

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