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President urges U.S. to support Taiwan's TPP bid

President urges U.S. to support Taiwan's TPP bid
Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen expressed hope Tuesday that the United States will take more substantive action to support Taiwan's membership in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc.

Tsai said that Taiwan has been pushing for trade liberalization and industrial structural adjustments, as well as making preparations to facilitate its bid to join the TPP.

Noting that the U.S. has several times openly expressed its welcome for Taiwan to join the TPP, the president said she hopes the U.S. will take more substantive action to support Taiwan's participation in the second round of negotiations in joining the TPP.

The first round of negotiations on the TPP among its 12 Pacific Rim members was completed in October 2015 and an agreement was signed Feb. 4.

The 12 founding members are the United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.

Tsai made the remarks when she received Raymond Burghardt, the retiring chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), at the Presidential Office.

She noted that more than a decade has passed since Burghardt assumed the post of AIT chairman in February 2006, and expressed appreciation of the long friendship.

Burghardt for his part said that it was a privilege to devote himself to Taiwan-U.S. relation over the years.

He said he has planned several trips to Taiwan before the end of the year, and will continue to watch Taiwan's development and Taiwan-U.S. relations.

Tsai reaffirmed that participation in the TPP is crucial to Taiwan when she received Wendy Cutler, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, and Tami Overby, senior vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, later that day. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)