TIFA talks open in Washington
Central News Agency
2014-04-04 10:54 PM
Washington, April 4 (CNA) The eighth round of talks between Taiwan and the United States under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) opened in Washington Friday, with Taipei's bid to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) placed high on the agenda. The two countries resumed their TIFA negotiations in March 2013 in Taipei, after a hiatus of more than five years. Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-chao, Taiwan's chief delegate who arrived earlier in the day, will detail Taiwan's efforts to join the TPP trade bloc and elaborate on the trade-in-services agreement it signed with China last June in the meeting co-chaired by Wendy Cutler, acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. Apart from TPP-related matters, the U.S. side will also likely raise issues regarding Taiwan's opening up to U.S. pork containing the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine and issues related to the 2014 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers produced recently by the USTR. Other possible issues include exports of orchids in potting soil, guavas and heat-processed meat products to the U.S., Cho said earlier this week in Taipei. (By S.Y. Lin and Flor Wang)
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