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Burghardt: TIFA between Taiwan and US can go without ECFA

Burghardt: TIFA between Taiwan and US can go without ECFA
Burghardt: TIFA between Taiwan and US can go without ECFA

As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Taiwan has the right to ink free trade agreements (FTAs) with other countries without China’s approval beforehand, noted Raymond F. Burghardt, chairperson of the American Institute in Taiwan, according to Liberty Times report.

“The planned Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) should never be in the way of TIFA (Trade & Investment Framework Agreement) between Taiwan and the US,” said the diplomatic veteran at tea session with Taiwan media yesterday.

Burghardt noted that the negotiation of the TIFA, put to a halt since July, 2007, will be resumed by the end of the year.

Burghardt’s remark overturns President Ma Ying-jeou’s claim that the trade pact with China is a prerequisite for free trade agreements with other countries.

Asked about the arms sales of F-16C/D fighters, Burghardt said that the US government is now conducting a serious review of Taiwan’s air defense capacity, adding that Taiwan authorities should be patient despite the long process.

However, Burghardt had comment when asked about the sales of submarines to Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-06-17 17:12 GMT+08:00