Governor Greg Abbott announced on Sunday plans to establish a State of Texas Taiwan Office, aiming to bolster economic and cultural ties between Texas and Taiwan. This initiative was unveiled during a press event in Taipei as part of Abbott’s broader economic development mission encompassing Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. During his absence, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick assumed the role of acting governor, overseeing preparations for Hurricane Beryl’s anticipated impact in northern Mexico and South Texas.

Prior to this announcement, Abbott and Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Jyh-Huei Kuo, formalized an Economic Development Statement of Intent. This agreement focuses on enhancing investment, job creation, and trade activities between Texas and Taiwan.

Once operational, the State of Texas Taiwan Office will function within the Office of the Governor under the umbrella of the Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office. Abbott emphasized the significance of these developments, stating, “Texas and Taiwan are vital economic partners driving future innovations. Today, I am announcing two pivotal initiatives aimed at fortifying our economic ties and fostering unprecedented prosperity for both populations.”

The initiatives underscore Abbott’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, promoting trade, investment, and collaboration across various sectors. By leveraging these initiatives, Abbott aims to ensure freedom and opportunity for both Texans and Taiwanese citizens within the dynamic economies of the 21st century.