However, Taiwan is also looking for Europe to start talks on a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) that may be stalled on the fact that the European Union does not officially recognize Taiwan. Instead the European Union has a “one-China” view that the sole legitimate government of China – including Taiwan – is the People’s Republic of China.

“Taiwan will continue to engage with the EU and other democratic partners to establish a more resilient supply of critical goods such as semiconductors and medical supplies,” President Tsai is reported to have said to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit in a video message. “This kind of reciprocal and transparent cooperation is key to our mutual prosperity,” President Tsai added.

President Tsai continued: “A BIA would not just help secure our supply chains; it would protect our mutual geopolitical and economic interests, and send a message about the partnerships and values on which our interests depend.”

The EU included Taiwan in a list of potential trade partners that could enjoy a BIA in 2015 but has not held talks with Taiwan, perhaps because an investment deal would be politically controversial in terms of the EU’s relationship with China.

Meanwhile it is notable that the world’s leading foundry – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. – has agreed to invest in manufacturing in the United States but has expressed no interest in doing the same in Europe.

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