U.S. official welcomes Taiwan's interest in TPP membership
Central News Agency
2014-03-15 09:22 AM
Taipei, March 15 (CNA) A senior U.S. official on Friday welcomed Taiwan's interest in joining a trans-Pacific multilateral free trade bloc but gave no indications on how the United States might help Taiwan to achieve that goal. While welcoming Taiwan's interest in membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and President Ma Ying-jeou's steps to liberalize Taiwan's economy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific Kin Moy said Washington is taking a "step-by-step" approach on TPP. "We are in ongoing negotiations on TPP, and...perhaps it's best if we move toward conclusion on those negotiations before we discuss additional membership," he said when testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We have heard from Taiwan as well as others about interest in TPP and ...we are willing to definitely consider -- along with some countries that have approached us most recently, we are willing to discuss TPP in the future," he said in response to questions posed by Committee Chairman Ed Royce (CA-R). "TPP is a consensus-type membership, and so we would encourage Taiwan to raise its interest in membership with all of the other parties as well," Moy added. (By Jay Chen)
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