US and Taiwan unveil new trade initiative after Taiwan was excluded from US Indo-Pacific economic initiative

los US and Taiwan unveiled a new trade initiative, Taiwan’s trade representative announced Wednesday, after Taiwan was excluded from the US Indo-Pacific economic initiative that Presidente Joe Biden formally announced in Asia last week.

The new initiativethe US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trademarks the official launch of trade negotiations between Taiwan and the US. It is a precursor to signing a free trade agreement, Taiwan’s trade representative John Deng said at a news conference on Wednesday.
The initiative covers 11 key areas, incluso “trade facilitation, regulatory practices, agriculture, anti corrupcion, supporting small and medium sized enterprises, digital trade, labor rights, the environment, normas, state owned enterprises and non-market practices and policies,” Deng said.
    The Office of the United States Trade Representative said in a statement that a key goal is todevelop an ambitious roadmap for negotiations for reaching agreements with high-standard commitments and economically meaningful outcomes.
      Deng hailed the initiative as ahistoric breakthroughfor Taiwan as it opens up space for more trade and economic cooperation with the US. He added that it includes important elements of a regional trade agreement, which could lead to a prompt inking of thehighly anticipatedbilateral trade agreement between Taiwan and the US.
        The launch of the initiative will run parallel towards Taiwan’s continuous efforts in joining the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, Deng added.
        Deng will travel to Washington, corriente continua, at the end of June to participate in the first meeting under the initiative.
          los Biden administration said Tuesday that US officials were negotiating with Taiwan to develop a new trade initiative.
          In a call with reporters, an administration official said through the initiative, “we intend to explore ways we can deepen our bilateral economic and trade relationships and deliver concrete outcomes for our people.
          In the days and weeks ahead, we will move we will move quickly to develop a roadmap for possible negotiations, followed by in person meetings in Washington DC next month,” el funcionario dijo. “Key areas for our negotiations include trade facilitation, regulatory practices, agriculture, anti corrupcion, supporting our small and medium sized enterprises, outcome on digital trade, labor rights, the environment, normas, state owned enterprises and non-market practices and policies.
          The talks come after Biden unveiled his long-awaited Asian economic plan in a speech in Tokyothe Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, or IPEF — el padre de andres.. 13 partner countries. But it doesn’t include Taiwan, which had been an open question as Biden was preparing a plan meant to create an economic sphere to counter China’s growing influence in the region. El martes, officials seemed open to ultimately including Taiwan in IPEFeven while developing a similar framework bilaterally.
          We are committed to finding ways to deepen trade investment with Taiwan, which is why we developed this initiative,” a senior official said. “We think that this initiative will allow greater focus on our partnership with Taiwan and greater tailoring of the conversation and the unique characteristics of our trade relationship.
          The official said that while that while Taiwan wasn’t included in theinitial launchof IPEF, “avanzando, we intend to take a flexible and adaptable approach to IPEF participation.
          There’s stilltime in the process,” the official added.
          The deal won’t require congressional approval, los funcionarios dijeron, because there areno market access requirementsincluded. Todavía, one official wanted tounderscore that we will be engagingpretty substantially with Congress and other stakeholders.
            “Obviamente, there’s a lot of interest more broadly on the Taiwan relationship and on the substance of what we are doing here,” the official added. “There obviously is a lot of dialogue happening with Congress more broadly on these issues, and we’ll be going forward with them.
            This story and its headline have been updated with additional reporting.

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