Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Taiwan seeks a role in the TPP

l  Upon the conclusion of this year’s APEC summit, President Ma Ying-jeou declared that Taiwan aims at joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) within ten years to diversify the island's export markets and become more regionally integrated.

l  Moreover, the creation of the necessary conditions to enable Taiwan to join the TPP has now become part of Ma’s blueprint for a "golden decade" of development in Taiwan, thus making Taiwan’s participation in the TPP more of a long-term goal for the government.

l  Since the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) was signed with China last year, only one-fifth of the goods traded between both sides are included in the “early-harvest” list (EHL) under the ECFA. Therefore, neither Beijing nor Taipei is happy with ECFA's impact so far.

l  While both Beijing and Taipei will likely review and discuss the new items to be included on the EHL by mid-2012, Taiwan still has a long way to go toward securing a comprehensive free trade agreement with a major trading partner like the United States and China.

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