Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

ROC president discussed economics, trade with U.S. officials in NY

ROC president discussed economics, trade with U.S. officials in NY

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Aug. 13 (CNA) Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou exchanged views with various U.S. politicians and officials on topics Taiwan would like to see on the bilateral agenda, including Taiwan's hope of being part of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Foreign Minister David Lin said Tuesday. In a series of meetings and telephone conversations during his transit stay in New York earlier this week, Ma talked of the things that his government has been working on, Lin told reporters en route to Haiti. Following the resumption of U.S.-Taiwan talks in March under the 1994 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, Taiwan's government is hoping to sign a bilateral investment agreement with the United States, Lin said. In addition, Ma mentioned the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation on trade and the economy and promote two-way investment, and he also mentioned Taiwan's hope to participate in the formation of the TPP, according to Lin. He did not elaborate, nor did he comment on the responses by the U.S. officials. Sources have said that several members of Congress and incumbent or former U.S. officials called on the president at his hotel in Manhattan or talked to him on the phone. They included Deputy U.S. Secretary of State William Burns, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, congressmen Gregg Harper, Gregory Meeks and Eliot Engel, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. In order to advance U.S-Taiwan economic and trade relations, former Vice President Vincent Siew is scheduled to lead a high-level delegation to New York and Washington, the foreign minister added. (By Kelven Huang and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-08-06 06:03 GMT+08:00