MILESTONE:As the nation welcomed its highest-ranking US guest in years, President Ma Ying-jeou said he hoped talks on a Taiwan-US investment deal would gain ground
Date: Jun 02, 2015
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan / Staff reporter
Taiwan and the US yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on the Global
Cooperation Training Framework to enhance bilateral cooperation in responding to global challenges, a move visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin said would “take our partnership to new areas and a new level.”
Before witnessing the signing ceremony at the Taipei Guest House, Rivkin had a closed-door meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at the Presidential Office Building to discuss what he said were “matters of importance to our economies.”
Rivkin, responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties and other economic issues at the US Department of State, is the highest-ranking official to have visited Taiwan since his predecessor Jose Fernandez in 2012.
In remarks to reporters before his meeting with Ma, Rivkin said people in the US feel “a special bond” with Taiwanese for various reasons. [FULL STORY]