How American Pork Could Lead to Wider US Trade Deal With Export Powerhouse Taiwan

05/25/2021

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Taiwan has begun talks with the US in hopes of creating a free trade agreement after reporting that it is easing restrictions on pork and beef imports from the US. The island is trying to tighten its bond with the US amidst rising tensions between the US and China.

Taiwan has been attempting to seal a free trade deal with the US for some time now. However, Washington has expressed concerns over the barriers to entry for US beef and pork. In response, Taiwan claimed that it was due to health concerns over additives and mad cow disease.

According to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen, the government has finally decided to permit US pork imports into the country. These pork imports will contain an additive called ractopamine, which will boost leanness. Moreover, it will also allow US beef that is over 30 months old.

“The decision is in line with the country’s overall interests and the goals of the nation’s strategic development. It’s also a decision that could boost Taiwan-US ties…If we can take one crucial step forward on the issue of US pork and beef, it will be an important start for Taiwan-US economic cooperation at all fronts,” President Tsai Ing-wen stated.

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