U.S. support for Taiwan’s TPP bid conditional on pork issue: premier

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/26
By: Wen Kuei-hsiang and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Premier Simon Chang (張善政) said Friday that the 38361627United States has lent “conditional” support to Taiwan’s membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with opening Taiwan’s market to U.S. pork being one of the conditions.

“Before the pork issue is resolved, the United States will not agree (to include Taiwan in the TPP),” Chang told lawmakers during an question-and-answer session in the Legislative Yuan.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been in constant communication with the TPP’s 12 founding members to try to win their support.

Some of those countries have promised to support Taiwan as long as Taiwan liberalizes its laws and regulations, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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