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Taiwan did not give in to the U.S. on beef imports: official

Taiwan did not give in to the U.S. on beef imports: official

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's Secretary General of the National Security Council (NSC) said Wednesday that the government's decision to allow previously banned U.S. beef products to be imported to the island resulted from negotiations with Washington that have proven that Taiwan is capable of negotiating, which is significant as Taiwan will soon engage in a series of negotiations.
Su Chi made the remarks at a news conference convened to clear public doubts regarding the government's decision-making process and negotiation capability in the aftermath of its decision on U.S. beef.
The government's decision this month to allow U.S. bone-in beef, ground beef and offal to be imported to Taiwan after they had been banned due to fears of mad cow disease has generated criticism from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as well as members of the ruling Kuomintang.
Refuting the claim that the government has totally given in by relaxing restrictions on the beef imports, Su asserted that by reaching the agreement with the U.S., Taiwan has established its credibility in negotiations.
He stressed the significance of the negotiations over beef imports, saying "Taiwan will soon enter into an era of negotiations." Many issues need to be resolved through negotiations with the U.S., Japan, the European Union, Southeast Asian countries, and mainland China, Su elaborated.
As South Korea was able to achieve the signing of a free trade agreement with the United States and the U.S. began allowing Korean visitors to enter the U.S. without visas after Seoul eased restrictions on U.S. beef imports, many people in Taiwan are expecting that the Korean model can be applied to Taiwan.
But Su was reluctant to make such an assumption.
He said that the past eight years of governing by the DPP had pushed Taiwan to the brink of war with China, but that thanks to efforts by current President Ma Ying-jeou's administration, Taiwan has been able to recover mutual trust with the U.S., Japan and mainland China.
Su explained that the decision of relaxing restrictions on U.S.
beef imports was reached after a long process of 17 months of review and three stages of discussions.
The government will review the implementation of the relaxation of the ban on U.S. beef products after the new practice is put into force for 180 days, Su said.
(By Carfie Li and Lillian Lin)/cs




Updated : 2021-08-01 16:30 GMT+08:00