AIT advises Taiwan to read TPP text, engage with 12 partners

Want China Times
Date: 2015-10-28

The director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Tuesday suggested that Taiwan’s

Kin Moy gives a press conference in Taipei, Oct. 27. (Photo/CNA)

Kin Moy gives a press conference in Taipei, Oct. 27. (Photo/CNA)

government and people read the full text of a Trans-Pacific trade pact before deciding whether to join it.

On Taiwan’s wish to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc, Kin Moy said, “We believe Taiwan has work to do.” He was responding to questions about Taiwan’s TPP bid and if Taiwan’s allowing of imports of US pork that contains ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing drug that is banned in Taiwan, would be a condition for being included in the TPP.

US pork imports have been a thorny issue in the trade relations between Taiwan and the US.

Citing remarks by Deputy US Trade Representative Robert Holleyman recently in Taipei, Moy said that the US encourages all of its trading partners to implement food policies that are based on international standards and that are science based.     [FULL  STORY]

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