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AIT advises Taiwan to read TPP text, engage with 12 partners

AIT advises Taiwan to read TPP text, engage with 12 partners

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) The director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Tuesday suggested that Taiwan's government and people read the full text of a Trans-Pacific trade pact before deciding whether to join it. On Taiwan's wish to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc, Kin Moy said "we believe Taiwan has work to do." He was responding to questions about Taiwan's TPP bid and if Taiwan's allowing of imports of U.S. pork that contains ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing drug that is banned in Taiwan, would be a condition for being included in the TPP. U.S. pork imports have been a thorny issue in the trade relations between Taiwan and the U.S. Citing remarks by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman recently in Taipei, Moy said that the U.S. encourages all of its trading partners to implement food policies that are based on international standards and that are science based. He suggested Taiwan review the text of the TPP, which he said should be published soon. "I would invite the people in Taiwan, Taiwan authorities here to review the TPP documents when they are published" to have an idea of the high standard of the trade agreement and see what it has to do if it still has the desire to join, he said. If Taiwan determines to continue pushing for its TPP bid, Moy said he would recommend Taiwan engage with all 12 existing TPP countries, not just one or two, because the TPP is a consensus-based grouping. Moy's remarks came after the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries concluded TPP negotiations on Oct. 5. The deal covers about 40 percent of the global economy. In addition to the U.S., the other participating countries are Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico and Brunei. Taiwan and South Korea are among the countries that have expressed an interest in joining the TPP. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-29 07:59 GMT+08:00