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Taiwan, US trade representatives meet, prepare for further talks

Taiwan eager to secure deeper trade ties with US after IPEF setback

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Taiwan trade negotiator John Deng (left), Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi. 

Taiwan trade negotiator John Deng (left), Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's top trade negotiator John Deng (鄧振中) and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi will meet on Wednesday (June 1) for discussions on trade relations between the two countries.

Cabinet Spokesman Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成) confirmed the meeting of the two officials and said it will be made known if the dialogue produces concrete results, per CNA.

The talk comes ahead of a proposed second meeting between Deng and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai in the coming weeks. The two met last month on the sidelines of an APEC event in Thailand and details are being worked out for the next meeting, which may take place in the U.S. or held via video link, according to officials familiar with the matter.

Taiwan failed to be included in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) spearheaded by U.S. President Joe Biden, which some believe was due to opposition among members wanting to avoid irritating China, per CNN.

Taiwan has sought to find other channels to engage with the U.S. following this setback. The coming meeting between Deng and Tai is expected to explore ways to deepen bilateral relationships on trade and investment with a focus on supply chain among other issues, CNN quoted unspecified officials as saying.