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Taiwan, U.S. to hold latest round of TIFA talks in early October

Taiwan, U.S. to hold latest round of TIFA talks in early October

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The latest round of talks between Taiwan and the United States under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) is scheduled for early October, Foreign Minister David Lin (???) said Wednesday. "The talks are set to take place Oct. 1 in Taipei," Lin said during a hearing at the legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, in response to a lawmaker's questions. Reiterating remarks by Minister of Economic Affairs John Deng (???) earlier this month, Lin said the issue of U.S. pork imports will not be included on the formal agenda of the upcoming talks. But he did not rule out the possibility that the U.S. will bring the issue up during the major trade talks between the two countries. Although the U.S. pork issue is not listed on the agenda of the talks, Deng has said that both sides have continued to communicate with each other on the issue, albeit on a small scale. Taiwan maintains a ban on imports of U.S. pork that contains traces of ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing drug that is banned in Taiwan. It is understood that the U.S. side wants to place the issue of access of its agricultural products to Taiwan as a top priority on the agenda, while Taiwan wants to discuss issues related to its bid to join the U.S.-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the inking of a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) between the two sides. Taiwan previously prohibited imports of beef containing ractopamine, but lifted the ban in July 2012, setting the stage for the resumption of TIFA talks in March 2013. The talks, originally set to take place in April this year, were delayed because the U.S.
was focusing its trade negotiation efforts on issues such as finalizing negotiations on the TPP. The TIFA 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 : 2021-02-26 18:39 GMT+08:00