By: Li-jung Liu and Lillian Lin
Taipei, June 25 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday at a meeting of small and medium businesses that as a country dependent on trade to grow its economy, the Republic of China must not miss out on the opportunity to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Addressing an assembly of the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, R.O.C., President Ma stressed that all-out efforts are required to achieve the targets.
Pointing out the fact that Taiwan does not have diplomatic relations with most of its leading trade partners, President Ma said it is far more difficult to sign free trade agreements with these trade partners than doing business with them. [FULL STORY]