Taiwan needs to address US beef-pork import issue to speed up TPP bid: US officials

The China Post
Date: March 29, 2015
By Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taiwan government needs to resolve issues surrounding the import of

Robert Wang, U.S. senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), right, and William Craft, deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and programs in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, left, speak to members of the media at a press event held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 26. (Joseph Yeh, The China Post)

Robert Wang, U.S. senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), right, and William Craft, deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, left, speak to members of the media at a press event held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 26. (Joseph Yeh, The China Post)

U.S. meat products to speed up its push to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), two senior U.S. government officials said Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Asked what Taiwan can do to speed up its process to join the TPP, William Craft, deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, said the U.S. beef and pork import issue is something that Taiwan needs to deal with.

“If I was giving advice to a friend in Taiwan on how to speed the process up, I would mention the continuing problem we have in the beef and pork sectors,” Craft told The China Post during a press event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.     [FULL  STORY]

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