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International relations

Taiwan looks to host economic talks with US, eyeing trade deal

By contrast, Taipei's 2010 pact with Beijing grows increasingly hollow

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends an inauguration ceremony of a maintenance center for F-16 fighter jets, in Taichung. The facility is part of a strategic alliance between Taiwan aircraft manufacturer Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation, AIDC, and U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/BEIJING -- Taiwan is set to open an economic dialogue with the U.S. as early as next week, it was learned Friday, laying the groundwork for talks on a free trade agreement while the island unwinds cross-strait economic integration with Beijing.

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that discussions are underway for a visit by Keith Krach, U.S. undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment. The trip is slated for Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, according to Taiwanese media.

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