Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator expects Taiwan-US trade talks

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Taipei, Aug 13 (CNA) “It won’t be long” before Taiwan and the United States begin negotiations under the 21st Century Taiwan-U.S. Trade Initiative, Minister Without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中).

With both sides’ preparatory work going as planned, they are expected to officially announce the start of negotiations soon before setting a date, Deng, who is Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator, told CNA.

Kurt Campbell, deputy aide to U.S. President Joe Biden and White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, also said on a conference call on Friday that officials in Washington were developing an “ambitious roadmap for trade negotiations.” with Taiwan, which they intend to announce “in the days to come.”

The first round of negotiations should focus on topics on which both parties already share similar views, those relating to bilateral relations or those that have been discussed in detail at the forum of the World Trade and Cooperation Organization. Asia-Pacific Economy (APEC). , Deng said.

Hopefully the two sides will be able to conclude negotiations before the start of the APEC summit to be hosted by the United States at the end of next year, he said.

The initiative, launched on June 1, aims to create a pathway for both parties to negotiate and sign a trade deal, with topics ranging from how best to facilitate trade and digital commerce to anti-corruption efforts. , small and medium enterprises, environment protection and non-market economies.

(By Lai Yu-chen and Sean Lin)

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