Taiwan hopes to resume high-level trade talks with new agricultural division in US

07-Dec-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

With the addition of an agricultural division, Taiwan’s representative office in the US hopes to resume deputy ministerial-level trade talks with the US

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) held a press conference in Washington on Thursday (December 5). At the press conference, TECRO Representative Stanley Kao said he anticipated that the new agricultural division would spur deeper ties between Taiwan and the US

Speaking on the new division’s short-term goals, Kao said he hoped to push for the restart of talks between the two countries under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), which has been suspended for two years. First held in 1985, the TIFA talks have served as a negotiating platform between high-ranking Taiwanese officials and their US counterparts on various trade issues.

Kao emphasized that the division’s tasks would not be confined to the issue of US pork imports, adding that Taiwan and the US share many common interests and enjoy reciprocal cooperation. The Taiwanese government has banned the import of American pork products containing ractopamine, despite the US’s complaints.

The agricultural sector relies on experts to promote substantive exchanges with the US, said Kao. The representative office had planned for the division since 2017, and the initiative was finalised this year with the installation of senior agricultural officials, he added.

TECRO’s agricultural division began operations on Monday (December 2), though at the moment it shares an office with the economic division, according to TECRO deputy Representative Christine Hsueh. Its own office space is still being arranged, she said.



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