Pork a major issue in U.S.-Taiwan trade ties: American official

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/15
By: Huang Li-yun and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The United States is revising its trade policy and advancing its relations with Taiwan but there are still some barriers, such as agricultural issues and pork imports, which are hampering progress, a U.S. official said in Taipei Thursday.

Robert Manogue, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Bilateral Trade, said that while some media reports have painted the U.S. trade policy as protectionist, it is in fact the same as in many other countries, focusing on opening its market wide to imports and negotiating fair agreements with its trading partners.

The U.S. attaches great importance to its Asian-Pacific trade policy, Manogue said in a keynote speech on creating a win-win trade relationship, at a global trade forum held by the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei.

“One of our goals is to promote relations with Taiwan,” Manogue said.    [FULL  STORY]

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