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US official to visit Taiwan amid trade talks push
A senior US diplomat is to visit Taiwan this month, officials said Wednesday, as Taipei looks to resume free trade talks with Washington after lifting a six-year-old ban on some US beef imports.
DPP lawmaker calls for more research on critical issues
Systematic research and policy formulation on critical issues such as free-trade agreements (FTA) are important for Taiwan and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), according to DPP Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim
Ma touts FTAs as way to revive flagging economy
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday pledged to speed up trade liberalization and raise the nation’s international competitiveness by seeking to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership within the next eight years and signing free-trade agreements with major trade partners.
US pushes trade partners to lift ractopamine ban
The Office of the US Trade Representative yesterday urged US trading partners to eliminate any trade barriers caused by a ban against the use of leanness-enhancing feed additive ractopamine, following a Codex Alimentarius Commission decision to establish maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the drug in beef and pork.
Taiwan should not rush trade pact negotiations: minister
Taiwan should not rush negotiations on free trade agreements (FTAs) with its trade partners, the head of the Council for Economic Planning and Development said Wednesday, in light of upcoming trade talks among China, Japan and South Korea.
Taiwan, South Korea start talks on investment pact
Taiwan has started talks with South Korea on a bilateral investment protection agreement, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Francis Liang said Friday.
US envoy urges Taiwan to open market amid beef row
Washington’s de facto ambassador to Taiwan on Wednesday urged the island to further open its market if it hopes to sign a trade deal with the US, amid a lingering dispute over American beef imports.
Taiwan activists protest against U.S. beef
Larger trade talks between Taiwan and the United States have stalled as a result of the country’s indecision about accepting US beef imports.
Civic groups mount call-in against US beef
Civic groups and the Consumers’ Foundation yesterday encouraged consumers to call legislators and urge them to vote against relaxing a ban on ractopamine residues in US meat products, stressing that the health of Taiwanese should not be used as a trading chip for economic development.
Activists protest at AIT over US beef import row
Activists demonstrated at the American Institute in Taiwan Friday to protest what they called Washington’s highhanded attitude in forcing Taiwan to open its doors to US beef containting residue of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.
TIFA talks may resume by year end if beef row ends: official
Vice Economics Minister Francis Liang said Thursday if Taiwan can resolve its beef dispute with the United States, the two sides will be able to resume talks this year under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.
AIT denies tying beef to TIFA, visa waiver
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied that the AIT was “menacing” Taiwan, as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) put it, by tying a resumption of trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to the US beef issue.
No TIFA without US beef solution: lawmaker
The de facto United States envoy to Taiwan has made it clear that the island’s restrictions on the import of certain US beef products have complicated the bilateral trade situation and could jeopardize the restarting of trade pact talks
China-Taiwan trade agreements complex as shared history
As Ma Ying-jeou starts his second four years as president of Taiwan, his opening up of the economy to China in his first term is presenting the island nation with as many head-aches as opportunities.
VP Siew touts importance of trade liberalization
Taiwan will pursue an economic alliance with Japan and up its pace of trade liberalization to overcome challenges arising from planned free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region, according to ROC Vice President Vincent C. Siew May 15.
Taiwan-New Zealand free trade talks to begin soon
Taiwan will officially begin free trade talks with New Zealand "in the near future," Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday, following the recent completion of a joint feasibility study into a bilateral economic cooperation agreement.
Taiwan-New Zealand free trade talks to begin soon
Taiwan will officially begin free trade talks with New Zealand "in the near future," Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday, following the recent completion of a joint feasibility study into a bilateral economic cooperation agreement.
Taiwan should join trade pact: Ma
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said the trilateral negotiations on free-trade agreements (FTA) between China, South Korea and Japan has put great pressure on Taiwan, and that he expects the nation to join the potential new free-trade zone in Northeast Asia.
Taiwan-New Zealand free trade talks to begin
Taiwan and New Zealand have completed a joint feasibility study into a bilateral economic cooperation agreement (ECA) and will officially start free trade talks in the near future, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang said Saturday.
Free trade pact negotiations should begin as soon as possible: premier
Taiwan must begin as soon as possible to discuss with other countries its desire to forge free trade agreements (FTAs) with them, Premier Sean Chen said Saturday.