Ex-AIT head urges trade liberalization

DIVINING TRUMP:William Stanton said there was increased likelihood of US arms sales to Taiwan given Trump’s comments after his phone call with Tsai Ing-wen

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 04, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton yesterday urged Taiwan to “overcome [its] protectionist feelings” in trade agreements and negotiations, because “you’ve got to give if you’re gonna get.”

Stanton was speaking on a panel organized by the Columbia Alumni Association of Taiwan exploring “Taiwan’s crises and opportunities” in a “new world order in the [US President Donald] Trump era.”

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Jason Hsu (許毓仁) were also on the panel.

“Taiwan should always be working toward a bilateral trade agreement with the US even if the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] falls through the floor,” Stanton said. “You’ve got to expand your diversity.”

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