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"Fortunately, Tsai did not seem to be fazed by the culturally inappropriate gift as it was surely well intentioned."

Tsai gave Abbott a Taiwanese vase.

The meeting in Houston was controversial to begin with, as the Chinese government discourages U.S. encounters with Taiwanese leaders. China claims Taiwan, a democracy, as its territory.

Tsai also met with U.S. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who suggested that the United States' "One China" policy was not "sacrosanct," according to The Texas Tribune.

Abbott's office said the governor and Tsai discussed energy, trade and other economic interests, "particularly in the exchange of natural gas and agricultural products."

"I look forward to strengthening Texas' bond with Taiwan and continuing my dialogue with President Tsai to create even more opportunity and a better future for our citizens," Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement.

--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Draghi, Renzi hacked in email cyber-spying attacks

ROME -- Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi were among those hacked in a cyber-spying operation that targeted more than 18,000 email accounts, according to a court document seen by Bloomberg.

Operation "Eye Pyramid" revealed cyber-spying of institutions, state agencies, professionals, political figures and business people lasting for years, Italian police said in an emailed statement Tuesday. Police said two people were arrested: a nuclear engineer and his sister, both living in Rome and well-known in Roman financial circles.


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