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U.S. committed to holding next TIFA talks with Taiwan: AIT

U.S. committed to holding next TIFA talks with Taiwan: AIT

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The United States is committed to holding the next round of talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the U.S. and Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said on Friday.
"We are committed to holding the next TIFA Council meeting and are working to identify appropriate dates," AIT Spokesman Mark Zimmer said.
In the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan.
Zimmer's remarks came after Minister of Economic Affairs John Deng (???) said a day earlier it was unlikely the next TIFA talks would be held in April, despite having said in February, during a visit to the U.S., that the next talks were scheduled for April.
In response to questions about TIFA scheduling, Zimmer said the U.S.-Taiwan TIFA process "is a year-round process, and interlocutors on both sides are in frequent contact on the whole spectrum of bilateral trade and investment issues." Taiwan and the U.S. resumed TIFA talks in March 2013 after a six- year suspension caused largely by controversy over U.S. beef imports.
The agreement was signed in 1994 as a framework for Taiwan-U.S. dialogue on trade-related issues.
The last TIFA talks were held in Washington in April 2014. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-04-13 19:49 GMT+08:00