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U.S. governor looking to expand photonics cooperation with Taiwan

10/31/2023 02:34 PM
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Montana governor Greg Gianforte speaks during a press event in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 31, 2023
Montana governor Greg Gianforte speaks during a press event in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 31, 2023

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Taiwan will be a "key partner" for Montana as it seeks to build up its photonics industry, visiting governor of the northwestern U.S. state Greg Gianforte told President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) during a meeting on Tuesday.

Montana has one of the highest concentrations per capita of optics, photonics and quantum computing companies in the U.S., Gianforte said at the meeting at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

He said it was "imperative" for his state to build up its photonics industry and that Taiwan would be "a key partner" in those efforts, noting that the global industry was expected to grow to nearly US$2 trillion by 2025.

With that in mind, Gianforte said that in the coming days, his office would sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan-USA Industrial Cooperation Promotion Office and the Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association in Taiwan to continue discussions on possible collaboration.

The governor went on to say he was optimistic about expanding the partnership between Taiwan and Montana, which he said had been fostered through education and trade exchanges since the two sides signed a sister state agreement in 1985.

Gianforte, along with a trade delegation consisting of representatives from the agricultural, manufacturing, photonics and bioscience industries, arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a six-day trip.

According to Taiwan's foreign ministry, Gianforte's visit, set to end on Nov. 3, marks his first overseas trip since he took office in 2021.

In her remarks, Tsai said with efforts from both sides, the collaboration between Taiwan and Montana in fields such as optoelectronics, photonics and semiconductors would continue.

She also thanked Gianforte for reopening the State of Montana Asia Trade Office – Taiwan, which had been closed in 2012, shortly after he took up the job, and said that its presence facilitated the strengthening of bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

She also expressed appreciation that Montana's Senate and House of Representatives had repeatedly passed resolutions in support of Taiwan's bid for international participation.

(By Teng Pei-ju)

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Governor Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hand with President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 31, 2023
Governor Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hand with President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 31, 2023
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