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U.S. hopes to deepen bilateral ties with Taiwan: official

U.S. hopes to deepen bilateral ties with Taiwan: official

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) The United States hopes to continue to deepen bilateral ties with Taiwan, which is an important ally sharing common interests with the United States, Charles Rivkin, U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, said Monday. The United States has a special affection for the Taiwanese people and admires their effort in achieving prosperity and democracy, Rivkin said during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou. He said Taiwan, with a population of 23 million, has shown the world that it can become a very important economy. Pointing to the close economic relations between Taiwan and the United States, he said that Taiwan has surpassed India and Saudi Arabia to become the United States' 10th largest trading partner and that the United States has also surpassed Japan to become Taiwan's second largest trading partner. This is Rivkin's first visit to Taiwan in his official capacity. He is scheduled to make remarks at the opening ceremony of the Computex Taipei trade show and will speak during the opening ceremony of the Future City Workshop at the Taiwan Air Force Innovation Base in Taipei. When receiving Rivkin at the Presidential Office, Ma said he hopes that Taiwan and the United States will advance their relations to a higher level, in addition to strengthening the existing foundation of bilateral cooperation. He said since talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement were resumed, some results have been achieved. Again expressing Taiwan's wish to take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the president said Taiwan has been actively promoting trade liberalization and deregulation in the hope of meeting the high standards of the TPP. (By Lee Shu-hua and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-17 13:01 GMT+08:00