Taiwan and US move to resume trade talks



Lawrence Chung | South China Morning Post

Senior trade officials from Taiwan and the United States have discussed the resumption of long-stalled talks that could lead to a free-trade agreement – a move that would be certain to anger Beijing. 

US trade representative Katherine Tai spoke to her Taiwanese counterpart John Deng online on Thursday as the two governments moved to restart the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks that were discontinued under the Trump administration.

“Ambassador Tai and Minister Deng committed to the convening of the 11th TIFA Council meeting under the auspices of the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States [the two bodies that represent the respective governments in the absence of formal diplomatic ties],” the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a statement on Thursday.

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