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Taiwan and US move closer to Bilateral Trade Agreement

Taipei will move closer to Beijing unless it can deepen other trade partnerships

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Tsai Ing-wen expressed at the press conference on Aug. 28 her desire to reach a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S., saying it would "strengthen our engagement" and help establish "a rules-based trade order" in the region.   © Sipa/AP

Lotta Danielsson is vice president of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen addressed one of the primary irritants in the U.S.-Taiwan trade relationship last week by relaxing regulations on pork imports containing the steroid ractopamine. Taiwan has now unilaterally eliminated a technical barrier to trade that the U.S. has long argued was a major obstacle to trade talks.

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