Taiwan Express Will on Signing the Taiwan-Us Free Trade Agreement

On the night of April 18th, Taiwan Minister-Without-Portfolio John Deng had a virtual meeting with the U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Both sides reviewed the bilateral trade progress and discussed issues of mutual concern. John Deng expressed Taiwan’s desire to sign bilateral trade agreements with the U.S.
According to the readout of the meeting released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Tai and Minister Deng reviewed the ongoing progress on bilateral trade issues since the convening of the 11th Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council held last June, and discussed their mutual interest on issues of common concern, including cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and in multilateral organizations like the World Trade Organization. They also agreed to remain in contact on these issues in the coming months.
However, this meeting failed to touch upon the issue of whether Taiwan could join the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, also known as the IPEF, in the pipeline. Notwithstanding Taiwan’s expression of will to accede to IPEF, the U.S. is yet to decide.

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