Taiwan

Pentagon sends U.S. ships to Taiwan Strait, risking the ire of China

The Navy Curtis Wilbur destroyer is 1 of 2 U.S. ships in the Taiwan Strait.
The USS Curtis Wilbur is sailing through the Taiwan Strait. File photo: Ted Banks/US Navy/Getty Images

The Pentagon sent two ships through the Taiwan Strait Sunday, as the Trump administration steps up naval activities in the region — despite opposition from China.

QuoteThe ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows."
— U.S. military statement

Foxconn backs out of Wisconsin manufacturing job pledge Trump touted

Donald Trump walks to Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou at groundbreaking with shovels and American flag.
President Trump and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou at groundbreaking in. Wisconsin. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn is reconsidering its plans to manufacture flatscreen panels at a $10 billion Wisconsin plant that promised to bring in 13,000 jobs, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Foxconn's 2017 pledge to build the plant, which drew billions of dollars in subsidies from state taxpayers, has been touted by President Trump as one of the largest manufacturing investments by a foreign-based company in U.S. history. A Foxconn representative told Reuters that steep labor costs at the Wisconsin plant would make it impossible to compete with manufacturers outside the U.S., and that three-quarters of the plant's eventual jobs will be in research and design — rather than "blue-collar manufacturing jobs."