Gov. Rick Perry attended meetings with several business leaders and government officials in Taiwan on Monday, including Ma Ying-jeou, president of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
"Every day, we work to encourage innovation in Texas by investing in key fields like biotechnology, computer science, aerospace, and energy," Gov. Perry said. "We are proud of our spirit of innovation, and work continually to encourage new ideas, new investment and new relationships, especially with strong international partners like Taiwan."
The governor met with Eric Madison, deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan on Monday morning. The institute handles many activities involving U.S. interests, including commercial services, agricultural sales, consular services and cultural exchanges.
Later in the day, the governor also met with President Ma Ying-jeou to discuss the ongoing economic relationship between Texas and Taiwan. The governor also met with Foreign Minister Timothy Chin-tien Yang and Minister of Economic Affairs Yen-Shiang Shih.
Gov. Perry also had business meetings with companies interested in expanding in or moving to Texas, including TECO Electric and Machinery Co., whose U.S. headquarters are in Round Rock; Foxconn Technology Group, and Formosa Plastics Corp. The governor attended the Taiwan-Texas Investment and Cooperation Seminar to help companies find ways to increase their existing investments, and learn what incentives Texas has to offer for Taiwanese companies trying to relocate to the state. The seminar was attended by more than 15 company CEOs and chairmen, including such companies as Lee Chang Yung Chemical, DelSolar and Yang Ming America.
Gov. Perry was in Beijing over the weekend, where he received a briefing by his staff on current issues happening in Texas.
Gov. Perry and a delegation of business and government leaders began the trip to China at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, expanding Texas' visibility in the world marketplace and promoting Texas tourism.
The governor and first lady's trips are being paid for by TexasOne, which is the fundraising program for the Texas Economic Development Corporation. No tax dollars are being used for the Perrys' travel and accommodations on this trip.