Taiwan-U.S. TIFA talks to be held in Taipei March 11-12

Washington, Feb. 6 (CNA) After a hiatus of nearly six years, Taiwan and the United States will hold a new round of talks under their Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in Taipei March 11-12, Taiwan's top envoy in Washington, D.C. announced Wednesday. King Pu-tsung said U.S. Deputy Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis will head a delegation of trade officials that will visit Taipei to co-host the seventh round of TIFA talks with Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao, who will be leading the Taiwanese delegation. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States will continue keeping in close contact with the U.S. authorities to help with Taiwan's preparations for the meeting to ensure its smooth proceeding and achieve mutually beneficial results, King said. The two sides will hold in-depth discussions on a range of important trade and investment issues during the two-day talks, King said. The agenda will cover service trade liberalization, investment promotion, Taiwan's participation in regional economic integration moves, strengthening of bilateral cooperation under the frameworks of the World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and removal of technical barriers to trade, he added. (By Lin Shu-yuan and Sofia Wu)