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Taiwan ready to negotiate trade deal with US, Tsai says

Talks face friction over beef imports and opposition from Beijing

Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a business forum in Taipei on Aug. 19. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan's Presidential Office)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday said her government is "prepared" to start negotiations with the U.S. on a free-trade agreement, a move that seeks stronger ties with Washington amid rising pressure from Beijing.

"Removing trade barriers and advancing overseas expansion would allow Taiwanese companies to diversify their businesses even more," Tsai told an audience of business leaders in Taipei.

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