Date: Nov 24, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) yesterday downplayed the potential impact of a US
withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the government has prepared for such an eventuality.
Lee made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, which was convened to review the ministry’s budget for next fiscal year.
“This is what we expected. [US president-elect Donald Trump] clearly indicated in his campaign remarks that he intended to head in that direction,” Lee said in response to media inquiries regarding Trump’s plan to issue a note of intent to withdraw from the US-led TPP “from day one” of his presidency.
The planned withdrawal from the TPP is one of the many policy plans outlined by Trump in a video posted on YouTube on Monday. [FULL STORY]