Taiwan actively seeks bilateral free trade agreements, though it is hampered in this effort by its status vis-a-vis China. It has FTAs already with Panama (2003), Guatemala (2005), Nicaragua (2006), El Salvador (2007) and Honduras (2007). It is negotiating with Dominican Republic and Paraguay. And it hopes to negotiate further deals with Costa Rica, Israel, Swaziland, Japan, the US of course, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Mexico. Taipei’s emphasis on Central American countries as FTA partners is to gain access to the US market under NAFTA and CAFTA. But now Taiwan is in talks with China for a possible FTA following the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between the two governments in 2010.

last update: May 2012


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  • 31-Aug-2015 Want China Times Taiwan and Vietnam to start talks on new investment agreement
    Vietnam has agreed to start talks on a new Taiwan-Vietnam Bilateral Investment Agreement to provide more protection for Taiwanese businessmen investing in the Southeast Asian country.
  • 24-Aug-2015 Want China Times Taiwan must open up service sector with TiSA’s arrival
    The Taiwanese government has turned its focus to the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) currently being negotiated by 25 countries and regions that account for 70% of the global trade in services.
  • 13-Jul-2015 CNA Taiwan to propose economic cooperation pact with Australia
    Following signature of the China-Australia FTA last month, Taiwan will express the idea of signing one with Australia at an upcoming vice ministerial-level trade and economic meeting between the two nations in Taipei.
  • 4-Jun-2015 Official urges signing of Taiwan-EU investment accord
    Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍), minister of the National Development Council (NDC), Thursday called for both Taiwan and the European Union to expedite the process of signing a bilateral investment agreement (BIA).
  • 20-Feb-2015 La Prensa Gráfica El Salvador: El TLC entre Taiwán y el país será evaluado en abril
    En abril próximo será revisado el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) entre Taiwán, El Salvador y Honduras, según informó ayer Carlos Cheng, ministro consejero económico de la embajada de la República de China (Taiwán).
  • 7-Jan-2015 Taipei Times India delays economic cooperation deal talks
    The Indian government has turned down Taiwan’s request to take a further step in advancing an economic cooperation agreement for the time being as it focuses on joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday.
  • 27-Nov-2014 The China Post More dialogue, fewer fear tactics needed in discussion of FTAs
    The government of Taiwan must do a better job to convince the public, instead of relying on “scare tactics,” merely pointing to the hazards that Taiwan will face without FTAs.
  • 24-Nov-2014 The Age Sunflower power stalls Taiwan trade deal
    Taiwan’s services trade deal with China sits blocked in Taipei parliament until the government can meet the demands of the Sunflower protest movement.
  • 13-Nov-2014 Taipei Times Groups tell government to stop FTA scare tactics
    Several civic groups yesterday accused the Taiwanese government of exaggerating the potential impact of an impending free-trade agreement (FTA) between China and South Korea after the two countries’ leaders concluded talks on the accord at the APEC summit on Monday.
  • 11-Nov-2014 China-South Korea FTA to hurt Taiwan’s industries: official
    Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao said Monday that a free trade agreement to be signed in the near future between China and South Korea will have a major adverse impact on Taiwan’s industrial base.
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