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By: International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)
Minister without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) said Tuesday that Taiwan will be using this year’s APEC summit as a platform to seek support for its bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
According to Deng, arrangements are being made for members of Taiwan’s delegation to hold bilateral talks with representatives from countries that are currently members of the regional trade bloc.
National Development Council Minister Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶) is now in Papua New Guinea for the APEC ministers meeting and says the delegation will try to lobby representatives at every opportunity on the sidelines of the summit.
Negotiators from the 11 signatories to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed in July to start accession talks with potential new members next year, when the free trade pact is scheduled to go into effect. [FULL STORY]