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Taiwan-U.S. TIFA talks kick off in Taipei

Taiwan-U.S. TIFA talks kick off in Taipei

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) The latest round of major trade talks between Taiwan and the United States under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) kicked off in Taipei Thursday to exchange views on major trade issues. Negotiators from the two sides were led by Cho Shih-chao (???), Taiwan's deputy economics minister and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman. The two top officials will hold a joint press conference later in the day to announce the results of the one-day meeting. It is understood that the U.S. side wants the issue of market access of its agricultural products to be a top priority on the agenda, while Taiwan wants to discuss its bid to join the U.S.- proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc and the inking of a bilateral investment agreement (BIA). 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 with other countries. 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 Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-23 09:54 GMT+08:00