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President Ma calls meeting on beef issue

President Ma calls meeting on beef issue

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou called a meeting of related officials Wednesday morning in response to a proposed legislative amendment that would abrogate an agreement with the United States on beef imports.
The president exchanged views with Vice President Vincent Siew, National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang and officials of the Department of Health under the Executive Yuan, on how to deal with the U.S. should the amendment pass the legislature.
Yang later told reporters that the government will try hard to communicate with the U.S., which expressed serious concern upon learning of the legislature's consensus.
He also suggested that the impact of the amendment would extend to areas beyond the anticipated resumption of regular talks under the Taiwan-U.S. trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA).
Meanwhile, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang revealed at a legislative hearing that the U.S. has already expressed its discontent and passed on the message that proposed vice-ministerial level TIFA discussions next year will be affected to a certain extent.
He added that trade negotiation offices in Taipei and Washington had originally planned to hold a discussion to prepare for the TIFA negotiations.
"Definitely the initiative to reopen a vice-ministerial level meeting in the foreseeable future, probably next spring, will be affected," the minister said.
(By Lee Chia-fei, Tang Pei-chun and Lillian Lin)




Updated : 2021-08-02 01:22 GMT+08:00